BARRINGTON HILLS – Several organizations have joined together to offer a reward of up to $6,000 for providing information surrounding a potential animal cruelty case.
The Humane Society of the United States and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are offering up to $5,000 for information that could lead investigators to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for a case involving a litter of coyote pups.
An anonymous donor from Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation is offering an additional $1,000.
According to a Facebook post, Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation said Cook County Forest Preserve police found seven coyote pups in a bag that was inside a container in Spring Creek Valley Forest Preserve in early May.
Six of the pups were dead, and the lone survivor was badly injured – its rear leg was shattered. The pup underwent surgery on its leg last week.
“When we first picked him up, the prognosis was not good, but at this point, given the success of the surgery on Thursday, there’s a possibility he could be releasable,” said Dawn Keller, founder and director of Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation.
In its post, the Barrington nonprofit went on to say, “Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well-documented.”
The Cook County Forest Preserve police and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are investigating the matter.
Anyone who might have information about the case is asked to call the Department of Natural Resources at 1-877-236-7529.