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    Friends of LB Animals Offers $5,000 Reward In Burned Dog Case

    (Jan. 24, 2009) -- Following-up on a story first reported by, Friends of LB Animals has announced that it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the Jan. 21 incident of a burned Chihuahua type dog in Houghton Park in NLB.

    The grassroots, volunteer not-for-profit group which promotes spay-neuter programs and humane education urges anyone with information to contact the Arson Hotline at (562) 570-2852.

    "Cruelty to animals in any form will not be tolerated by FoLBA's Board of Directors and members," the group said in an email dispatch shortly after dawn today (Jan. 24).

    As previously reported by, the "Haute Dogs" animal events/welfare organization has offered a $1,000 reward -- and its Exec. Dir. Justin Rudd says he will personally add another $1,000 to any reward money being offered -- for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crime.

    As first reported yesterday (Jan. 23) by, a veterinarian's findings indicate the dog wsas suffocated in the bag and was deceased prior to being set on fire, although there are indications that the likely cause of death was suffocation inside the plastic bag.

    LBFD fliers are also being put up and distributed:

    Arson fire w/ dog
    LBFD flier

    In November 2006, two Chihuahua dogs were apparently burned to death while alive in an animal cage in a NW LB alley (area 200 E. Barclay). In that earlier case, FoLBA joined a number of persons and entities in offering rewards that totaled $15,000...but that case remains unsolved.

    Disclosure: Friends of LB Animals is a long-time supporter (and vice versa).

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  • Houghton Park Arson: Vet's Findings Indicate Dog Suffocated In Bag, Was Deceased Prior To Setting Bag On Fire; LBFD Indicates Action Might Qualify For Second Animal Cruelty Count, Needs Info From Subjects/Witnesses

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