Reward For Dog Slayer Increases

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A reward for the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the impaling death of a 14-year-old cocker spaniel continues to grow as outraged residents learn of the crime.

Olive Matus, owner of the Creekside Steak House in Christopher Creek, and her friends are adding $200 to the $2,600 reward.

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Outrage over the slaying of Lady Bug is growing as is the reward money for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. Residents of Christopher Creek are adding another $200 to the reward money, bringing the total to $2,800. The 14-year-old cocker spaniel was shot with an arrow and left to bleed to death.

"We were just incensed about what happened," Matus said. "I told my customers and we put out a donation jar and people contributed what they could."

On Dec. 7, a Payson couple returned from vacation to find that their cocker spaniel, Lady Bug, had been shot with an arrow.

Payson Police Officer Joni Varga has been investigating the case.

"It took probably eight hours for the dog to die," Varga said. "There were bite marks on the arrow, showing that she tried to pull it out."

Police know that someone acquainted with the family broke into the house and had a party with at least 30 people. Officers are still trying to find out who is responsible and why no one attempted to help the injured dog.

The initial reward of $100 was offered by a local resident. The Humane Society of the United States recently announced that they had added $2,500 to the reward money.

Anyone with information about the incident or wishing to add to the reward money, can call the Payson Police Department at (928) 474-5177.

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