The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 to anyone who can help solve the case of two dogs who were shot and killed in Hudson last year.
Last April, Hudson resident Nick Pinkham said his dogs escaped the yard after he accidentally left the gate open. Normally, the dogs would return within a few hours, so after a day passed with no sign Pinkham said he had a hunch something was wrong and reported the dogs missing.
A month later, Pinkham’s sons found the dogs’ carcasses piled on top of each other near a power line trail. During the subsequent investigation involving the Maine Warden Service and the state crime lab, it was revealed that both dogs were shot and killed.
“They said the dogs were running away from the person who shot them,” Pinkham said Thursday evening.
Agents with the Maine Animal Welfare Program investigated the incident and the state police interviewed several Hudson-area residents. But no new leads have been generated in recent months, said Katie Lisnik, director of the Humane Society’s Maine chapter.
The Humane Society decided to get involved in hopes of prompting somebody to come forward with new information. The reward will be available to anyone who offers information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for the dogs’ death.
“People who harm animals are much more likely to harm humans as well,” Lisnik said in an interview. “So we are always trying to take animal cruelty cases seriously and we hope this will help [convince] someone to come forward.”
Pinkham said the dogs — a 13-year-old female and a 3-year-old male that was owned by his granddaughter — were friendly with people.
“It’s just like a family member that’s been gone,” Pinkham said.
Anyone with information related to the case is asked to call Maine Animal Welfare Program humane agent Chrissy Perry at 287-3846 or 877-269-9200.