Pet Food Express announced on Thursday they were doubling the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved in the burglary of a Richmond, Calif. police officer's home last week where his two dogs were poisoned.
The officer's one-year-old black Labrador retriever died at the emergency veterinary hospital the next day. The other dog, a K-9 officer is expected to recover.
According to the Contra Costa Times, burglars specifically targeted the officer's home in order to steal firearms. Five guns and other personal belongings were stolen. On Friday morning, the officer discovered his Labrador was sick. When he returned from the vet hospital, he discovered his other dog who was in a backyard kennel was also sick. At that time he searched his home and discovered it had been burglarized. The dogs were poisoned to carry out the crime.
The Richmond Police Department is offering a $10,000 reward for information on the culprits and have reached out for the public's help.
When the owner of the local Pet Food Express heard about the terrible situation, he decided to show his support of the police department by doubling the reward to $20,000. The company has a long supportive relationship with the police department.
Every year, according to abclocal.go.com, team members join together with "Cover your K-9" to help officers and their dogs with customized bullet proof vests, heat alarms for patrol vehicles, and K-9 first aid kits.
Tips have been coming in, but no suspects have been announced. All calls will be kept confidential. Please call (510) 232 TIPS.
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