Suspected dog dumper identified, to be prosecuted

Suspected dog dumper identified, to be prosecuted »Play Video
PASCO, Wash. -- The Tri-Cities Animal Shelter now knows who dumped a dying dog outside their facility last month.

The shelter director says a cash reward led to a name and the woman confessed. That person will now face prosecution.

The dog suffered needlessly in her final hours in 27-degree temperatures overnight. She could not lie down and had to be put to sleep when shelter workers found her the next day.

Her story inspired us to raise money for security cameras for the shelter.

Cameras are needed to keep a watch on those who might dump a pet or steal one from inside the building.

Director Angela Zilar said, "A lot of people hear 'animal shelter' and they just assume that we're here like a humane society. We're not. We are an enforcement agency, enforcement of the animal control codes, which enforce cruelty, abandonment, things like that."

We were initially seeking $10,000 based on an estimate from a local security company. Now, the owner of TechLinks has offered the equipment at cost including discounted labor.

This means KEPR is just $1,000 away from making this happen. Go to Newslinks under the KEPR TV subheader on this site to find a link where you can donate.