SAN DIEGO–The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is hoping someone will step forward with information to identify the person responsible for the death of a coyote in Vista from the use of an illegal snare trap. The coyote was found in a Vista resident’s backyard on November 19. Wildlife officials are investigating this death and looking to the community for information to lead to an arrest.
The person responsible for this crime could face a substantial fine and/or prison time for animal cruelty and the illegal use of a snare trap. The San Diego Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction.
“It’s important that we be the voice for all animals, wildlife and domestic. Snare traps are illegal in many jurisdictions and are considered inhumane. In this case, the animal was nearly cut in half by the snare,” says Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society. “Cruelty like this is all too common, and it’s tragic. Animals can’t speak for themselves so we rely on information from the community to seek the justice they can’t.”
The San Diego Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this crime. If anyone has information, leads can be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (619) 243-3466.