(Caruthersville, MO) Authorities in Caruthersville, MO are seeking information concerning a number of animal deaths in the city. According to the Caruthersville Police Department, the Caruthersville Animal Control and the Caruthersville Humane Society, several animals have been found deceased in the city the last couple of months. The animal deaths are being investigated as a criminal matter because of specific findings.

The Caruthersville Humane Society is offering a $350 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these deaths. “The remains of the animals have been found in numerous locations and the cause of death leads us to believe that they have been killed by the same person or persons,” Caruthersville Animal Control Officer Chris Thacker stated, “We believe someone out there has information that can help lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible.”

Authorities are asking that if you have found a deceased animal in the last couple of months and disposed of it, please contact the Humane Society at (573) 333-9977 so they can see if the incident could be connected to the criminal investigation. Anyone who comes up upon a dead animal should contact the city Animal Control or police department.

“This has been a very difficult situation for the staff and people working this case,” Humane Society Director Karol Wilcox said, “Just the nature of dealing with this is hard on the staff and volunteers. We certainly are grateful for our city Animal Control Officer and Police Department.”

“We are taking this situation very seriously,” Caruthersville Chief of Police Tony Jones stated, “This is a criminal matter, and any form of animal abuse is not acceptable. We are continuing to work on bringing the person or persons to justice.”

Tips can be made by calling Caruthersville Police at (573) 333-2121 or the Caruthersville Animal Shelter at (573) 333-9977. Reports of dead or deceased animals should be made to Animal Control at (573) 333-9977 during business hours or reported to the police department in Caruthersville.

*Release has been updated to reflect the most recent reward amount.