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SHEPHERDSVILLE - It was called a brutal attack and animal organizations are offering a reward in the death of a local dog.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification and potential conviction of the responsible party.
According to a report released by the Shamrock Foundation, a black/tan long-haired miniature dachshund named Limo was reported missing on March 1 by his owner, Jimmy Golden of Shepherdsville.
Bullitt County Chief Deputy Larry Coy said the Golden family lived in apartments along Highway 44 West in Shepherdsville near VFW Post 5710. The family posted flyers throughout the area.
Three weeks later, Golden found Limo’s body in a neighbor’s yard. The dog’s hind legs were tied together with duct tape, according to the report.
Shamrock originally arranged for an autopsy to determine an official cause of death. However, Coy said the body had deteriorated beyond successful testing.
With April being Animal Cruelty Prevention Month, HSUS and Shamrock officials hoped a substantial reward would supply investigators with further information and answers for the family.
“Limo didn’t deserve to die like this,” said HSUS Kentucky director Pamela Rogers. “We hope our reward helps identify the person or persons who committed this horrible crime, and hope Limo’s attacker is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the state’s new felony animal cruelty law.”
HSUS reported studies showing a correlation between animal cruelty and other crimes ranging from narcotics violations to sexual assault. Coy added that some documented serial killers started out by first killing animals.
According to Coy, the Limo incident appeared to be an isolated occurrence. With the events taking place in a residential area, he hoped further eyewitness information would become available.
Anyone with information about the disappearance and death of Limo should contact Coy via the Bullitt County Sheriff’s tip line, (502) 543-1262. HSUS will issue a reward if information leads to an arrest and conviction.