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San Diego County groups to offer rewards for information in animal cruelty cases

January 26, 2011 |  6:10 pm

The San Diego County Department of Animal Services has announced a partnership with the San Diego County Crime Stoppers program through which it will offer rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in felony animal cruelty cases.

"We hope that this unique partnership will help reduce animal cruelty cases in our county," Lt. Daniel DeSousa of the animal services department said in a statement. "We encourage everyone in our community to be our eyes and ears in the fight against animal cruelty."

The group San Diego Animal Advocates will donate a portion of the money used to fund the rewards.

According to the department, members of its staff typically spend hundreds of hours each month investigating animal cruelty and neglect cases. One case the department hopes members of the public can help to solve: the poisoning of a La Mesa dog named Oreo this month. Oreo, who remains at a veterinary hospital where he is receiving treatment, was apparently fed tainted meat by an unknown person or persons.

Tipsters can report suspected animal cruelty by phone at (888) 580-8477, via text message or through San Diego County Crime Stoppers' website.

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