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Reward for information offered after bait to injure dogs found in Alexandria

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of the person who left out what appeared to be bait to seriously injure dogs on Duke Street.

On Friday, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) said a person walking their dog near the intersection of Duke Street and Ingram Street found a piece of sausage with a fish hook embedded in it.

“Our Animal Services Officer responded and arrived at the scene at 9:50 a.m. and searched the area around this intersection, finding a total of nine pieces of sausage with fish hooks embedded in them,” AWLA said. “Our officers did canvas the area and spoke with several residents with security cameras in the area asking them to review any footage they may have in the hopes that a suspect might be identified.”

On Sunday, AWLA said a community member put up a $5,000 reward for information.

AWLA asked that anyone in the vicinity review their security camera footage for clues. The investigation is ongoing and all information or tips can be sent to the Animal Services team at 703 746 6000.

Strangely enough, while Alexandria is known for being a dog-friendly city, this isn’t the first time someone has tried to harm dogs in Alexandria this year. Del Ray resident John Romano pled guilty earlier this year to trying to poison his neighbor’s dogs.

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