Pet killer bounty upped to $3000

BY JEFF TOLLAN
Last updated 05:00 31/03/2010

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A month after two dogs were taken from their Otematata home, killed and dumped in a reservoir, the reward for their killers' capture has increased.

On February 28, a six-year-old brindle boxer called Lilly and a 10-month-old American bulldog called Layla were stolen from their home at the Otematata Holiday Park.

They were found by a farmer, having been bludgeoned to death and dumped in the Otematata sewerage reservoir. The killing left their owners, Tara O'Reilly and her seven-year-old son, distraught and angry.

Animal rights group Paw Justice is now increasing its reward from $2000 to $3000 for information leading to the offenders' arrest.

Group founder Craig Dunn yesterday said he would up the ante, raising the reward by $1000 to try and catch the "little psychopaths" responsible. His message to the culprits was "it's better if you come forward now before someone narks you in for this money".

Nationwide, Paw Justice had put up about $10,000 of rewards for information on animal abuse cases, Mr Dunn said.

Constable Craig Bennett, of Kurow, said some information had come in about the killing, and asked anyone with further information to contact him.

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- The Timaru Herald

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