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Sunnyside Police Chief Robert Layman: [email protected]; Yakima County Sheriff Bob Udell: [email protected]

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PETITION TARGETS: Sunnyside Police Department, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office

UPDATE (8/30/2023): Six dogs have now been found deceased, with the most recent discovered a 4-year-old female Mastiff found on 8/20 who had been shot in the head twice in the LT Murray Wildlife Area.

Meanwhile, an animal control officer investigating the case said that necropsy results showed one dog “had its skull crushed from blunt force trauma, non-vehicular, and a wound to its chest consistent with a stab wound. The other dog was starved to death and was found with a large thick collar and a 10 pound chain still attached.”

“We may not have a serial dog killer mutilating animals, but we definitely have an issue in the lower valley, where dogs are being constantly dumped,” the animal control officer said. “At least they know we are aware and are watching more closely, and so are their neighbors.”

Meanwhile, the award amount for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible has increased to a total of more than $10,000, with Pasado’s Safe Haven partnering with People for Animal Care and Kindness and Team Okanogan Animal Rescue and an additional award being offered by PETA.

Anyone with specific details relevant to the current incidents should call 1-800-222-TIPS and reference case #23C03867, or submit a tip on Yakima County Crime Stopper’s website: http://www.crimestoppersyakco.org. —Lady Freethinker Staff

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Four dogs were starved, tied up, or otherwise neglected before they were found dead in Yakima County, Washington, according to news reports.

All the dogs were found emaciated, and some had their legs tied together with twine. One had a plastic bag over their head and another was reportedly dragged by a vehicle. The animals were found in the Grandview and Sunnyside areas, which are just 8 miles away from each other.

An investigator working on the case reported the number of dead dogs could actually be much higher — with reports of at least four other dead dogs, according to news reports.

It’s crucial that this horrendous trend of fatal and intentional violence against animals ends and  that everyone responsible is held fully accountable.

Sign our petition to urge the Sunnyside Police Department and the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office to use all available resources to find the individual(s) responsible for this merciless cruelty, to pass on any relevant charges to a prosecutor, and to push for a maximum ban on owning animals.

The Sheriff’s Office and animal rescue Pasado’s Safe Haven are offering a $1,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible. If you have any information that will help, please reach out to the tip line at 1-800-222-TIPS.