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Additional $5,000 Reward Being Offered for Hope's Case

Thursday October 7, 2010

Metro Animal Services (MAS) has been contacted by an individual pledging a total of $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the cruelty case involving Hope, the Border collie. The individual offering the reward wishes to remain anonymous.


This reward money is in addition to the $2,500 offered by the Humane Society of the United States. If anyone has any information related to this case, they are asked to call 574—LMPD or MAS at 363-6609. MAS and the Louisville Metro Police Department are working together to investigate this case.


Anyone wishing to increase the reward offer is asked to contact Jackie Gulbe (361-1318) at MAS or Karen Koenig (272-1070) at the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS).


“Both agencies are deeply saddened by Hope’s case, but we are glad that there are people in our community who feel strongly enough that they want to see the person who is responsible for Hope’s injuries caught,” said Jackie Gulbe, assistant director for community relations.


“While the Kentucky Humane Society isn’t involved in enforcing the laws, we feel it is imperative that everyone works together to find the person responsible for this case”, said Karen Koenig , community relations director for KHS, “The Kentucky Humane Society takes all cruelty, neglect and abandonment cases very seriously, we just aren’t in the business of enforcement in Jefferson County.”


It is believed that Hope was thrown from a small dark car (possibly a Nissan) at approximately 2 pm on Tuesday, September 28 on I65 south near the Crittenden Drive exit (Silos). She was picked up by MAS and triaged by the MAS veterinarian and staff. Because of her severe injuries, she was transferred to Jefferson Animal Hospital and, later, to Louisville Veterinary Specialty Emergency Services. She sustained extensive injuries. She has undergone two surgeries and is taking medication for pain manangement, but she is alert and stable. The next step is her structured rehabilitation program that she will begin soon.