Thursday, May 5, 2011 / 1:02 pm
Dumped On The Highway
Animal advocate Kim Sill and the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation are offering a reward totaling $5000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the individual responsible for an act of cruelty that resulted in a number of small dogs being dumped on Imperial Highway on April 27.
"We are participating in the reward money being offered to find whoever did this despicable thing," Katherine Heigl said in a statement. "People have to be held accountable for this kind of lack of humanity and compassion."
The incident, which took place last Wednesday evening, saw approximately 15 small white dogs dumped on Imperial Highway (State Route-90), a popular route between eastern Los Angeles and the beach communities next to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Witnesses reported a scene of complete mayhem with the terrified dogs desperately trying to avoid being hit by oncoming traffic and the sound of screeching brakes as drivers attempted to avoid the animals. They described how one of the dogs was hit by a car which did not stop and dragged 20 feet before emerging from underneath the vehicle behind.
Animal advocate Kim Sill, who along with Rock and Rescue is overseeing the care of dog who was hit, temporarily named Carson. Pending a full recovery, he will be re-homed through the Bark n Bitches organization. Sill's organization D Cups Saving Tea Cups is offering a $3,500 reward for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the individual responsible for this act of cruelty. The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation has added an additional $1500 to the reward fund.
Cesar Millan is also working with Sill’s organization to help police find additional information about this act of cruelty. Any donations made to the Millan Foundation’s DEAR Fund between now and May 10, 2011 will be given to Carson’s care.
CBS Los Angeles reported the story yesterday evening. Michelle Friedman, a local paramedic nurse told the station that she was on her way home when she saw one of the dogs running loose along the side of the road. She described a scene in which at least three pairs of dogs had begun to mate, making it difficult to capture and separate them.
"I went really slow, put on my hazards to keep other cars from passing me and I opened the door to grab him, then he ran into oncoming traffic," Friedman said. "I went to the next corner and pulled over and along with a couple others who had stopped, we tried to keep them corralled while police were on their way. It was a nightmare."
Throughout the 6-hour saga last Wednesday, there were approximately two dozen local residents helping to rescue and save the dogs. The El Segundo Police Department also dispatched two officers to assist and they took six dogs to the South Bay Pet Adoption Center SPCA in Hawthorne. Volunteers and those who saw the events unfold are hoping local businesses and security will check surveillance camera footage and come forward with any possible leads the Millan Foundation reports.
"This is a small community, five square miles," said Lieutenant Carlos Mendoza, of the El Segundo PD’s Special Operations Unit, which oversees Animal Control. "We occasionally get calls on strays, but have never seen this many before. If we get any information, we’ll definitely follow-up on it and see if any abuse or wrongdoing occurred, and if so, we’ll take action accordingly."