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SPCA?takes stand? over dog?s death

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the conviction of the individual or persons responsible for chaining a dog to two breeze blocks and throwing it off a cliff into the sea.

It is thought to be the first time the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has offered a reward to track down the perpetuator of cruelty to an animal.

Members of the public sickened by the manner of the pit bull's death have also come forward offering donations towards the reward fund.

A young, red-tan coloured pit bull drowned after it was thrown from a 50ft cliff into the sea near Admiralty House Park, Pembroke, last week having earlier escaped from the owner's property in Mary Victoria Road, Devonshire.

The pet dog's submerged body was spotted by a member of the public who alerted the Police.

The SPCA committee has now posted a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of whoever is responsible for the dog's death.

Committee member Chris Wilcox said: "We have decided to take a stand and lead by example.

"The concern is we do not know the motive behind this drowning, whether it was a vendetta or committed by someone with mental problems.

"Why did the person not take the dog to the SPCA? And if they are capable of doing something like this one time then they may be capable of doing it again."

Mr. Wilcox said it was not the first time that a dog had been disposed of in this manner on the Island. He added: "We want to bring the person or persons who committed this act to justice. This is the first time to my knowledge that we have offered a reward."

The society is seeking to establish a fund to enable it to offer rewards in the future in exceptional cases.

Anyone who has information about the death of the pit bull should call SPCA inspector Beaman Smith or SPCA shelter manager Teresa Ince on 737-1108 or alternatively the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 1-800-623-TIPS.

Additionally, any member of the public who wishes to donate to the reward fund can do so by contacting Teresa Ince on 236-7333.