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Case ID: 9113
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Animal was offleash or loose
Reward: $2,500
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Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006

County: Passaic

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

The Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the people responsible for shooting and killing a yellow Labrador retriever near Holland Mountain Farms on June 20.

Lori Bakelaar was at dinner with friends when she received a call that her two dogs had gotten out of the house. When she and her husband, Don, found the animals an hour later at the nearby farm, Betty, the yellow Lab, could not move. They drove her to a veterinarian, but did not suspect foul play until the vet shaved the animal and found bullet wounds.

"She went downhill from there," Bakelaar said.

Betty suffered internal bleeding overnight and was euthanized the next day.

"We need to find the idiot that did this," Bakelaar said.

The Bakelaars' other dog, a golden retriever, was grazed by a bullet but otherwise escaped unhurt.

"We're hoping the reward will bring someone forward," said Barbara Dyer, program coordinator at the Humane Society's Mid-Atlantic office.

The penalty for animal cruelty in New Jersey is a fine of up to $1,000, six months in jail, or both.


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