Thousands of dollars in reward money is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the horrific killing of a small dog in Vacaville last Thursday.
His name was Rex.
The 18-month old poodle died after being thrown out the window of a dark blue Toyota Prius on eastbound I-80 near the Davis Street exit. Vacaville Police Lieutenant Mark Donaldson says the dog's back legs had been tied together with some type of plastic.
While detectives are looking through film from traffic cameras in hopes of finding a clue that will help them identify those responsible, Lieutenant Mark Donaldson says this is a case where detectives need the public’s help.
“We’re hoping that maybe somebody saw something in that area at that time or that they’re familiar with the vehicle or that someone is talking out there,” Donaldson explained. “Maybe someone has heard something and would be willing to come forward and provide us with information that would lead to an identification.”
The animal rights organization PETA is now offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that brings the dogs' killers to justice.
“Whoever committed this crime is a serious threat to the community,” said PETA’s Melanie Johnson. She notes the dog was reported missing earlier that day by a 64-year old woman.
“Dogs and cats feel pain just like we do,” Johnson added. “Rex must have been terrified when strangers abducted and abused him.”
Vacaville's Pause 4 Paws Rescue Mission is offering a similar reward. They've already raised more than $8,000 dollars for what they're calling the "Justice for Rex" fund.
If you know anything about this senseless crime, you’re asked to call the Vacaville Police Department.