$5,000 reward offered in case of decapitated puppies found in Midvale

Posted at 4:40 PM, Aug 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-08 23:22:34-04

MIDVALE, Utah – Authorities are investigating after two puppies were found decapitated in the Midvale area this week, and animal advocates are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of those who are responsible.

Det. Ken Hansen of the Unified Police Department confirmed to FOX 13 news that the decapitated dogs were found at an apartment complex at 1050 E. Fort Union Blvd.

Officials said the puppies were found by a maintenance worker near a pond at the entrance to Springs of Country Wood Apartments; one was found Monday and the second was found on Wednesday.

Hansen said the investigation into the incident has been turned over to Salt Lake County Animal Services and so far there are no leads.

Resident Rodrigo Ortiz spoke about the disturbing discovery.

"To see something like this, animal mutilation, it's just wrong, the puppies don't have a voice to say something, it's just horrible, I think it's horrible people do that," he said.

Christine Zaraglaza also lives at the apartment complex.

"I don't see how anyone can hurt a selfless, defensive animal... and they're just puppies," Zaraglaza said.

Animal control officials said the puppies were between three and four months old. There are no witnesses at this time, and there are not surveillance cameras at the property.

Gene Baierschmidt, Director Humane Society of Utah, spoke about those responsible.

"This is something that, whoever did this needs serious psychological counseling," he said. "...There is history of many serial killers that tortured animals before they went on to kill people, so we are very concerned."

Ortiz said he hopes those who are responsible are held accountable.

"Whoever did this: God is going to get you, God is going to get you," he said.

FOX 13 News has not been able to reach management officials at the complex for comment regarding the issue. We will have more information as it becomes available.