GAIN boosts pet poisoning reward to $2,000

Animal rights advocate Cyrus Luhr (PNC file photo)

Guam Animals In Need (GAIN) has announced an increase in the reward they are offering for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the person responsible for a string of deadly pet poisonings in Merizo.

The reward is now $2,000. An increase of $1,000.

The doubling of the reward amount was made possible by a new donor who wishes to remain anonymous. “Hopefully this reward will spur someone to share information that’ll bring the killer to justice,” said GAIN Board President Cyrus Luhr.

“We sincerely thank the anonymous donors who made this reward possible,” he added. The original reward amount of $1,000 was provided by a different GAIN donor who also wishes to remain anonymous.

Twenty pets (18 dogs and two cats), belonging to three families living on Quinene Road in Merizo, have died under suspicious circumstances since mid-November. Due to the locations of the pets, accidental poisoning was ruled out. “This was a truly evil act, and we’re afraid it could happen again,” said Luhr.

Dr. Lisa Silk, of Isla Veterinary Clinic, confirmed that blood work and clinical analysis completed on two pets show evidence of antifreeze poisoning. Poisoning a pet is a felony under Guam law.

Just weeks before Christmas, the families of the killed pets are devastated by their losses. “Our pets were intentionally poisoned and the mere fact that our neighbors, just a quarter mile radius from our street had pets that expired in the same way? This is not isolated at all. It was blatant, done with malice and was downright cruel,” said Cathy Champaco, the owner of two poisoned pets.

Anyone with information about these violent crimes is urged to contact GPD, GAIN at 653-4246, or the Guam Crime Stoppers at 477-HELP (4357).