Who, age What Where When Last known address
3 unknown teenagers beat a Saint Bernard pup to death

Cedar Rapids, IA

Linn County

May 29, 2007  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
    1 4-month-old Saint Bernard pup Open  

Apalo, the Saint Bernard puppy, who was allegedly beaten by three teenagers on Friday, June 1st has died. His owners, Mark and Katie Streight, found Apalo howling in pain outside their home at the Five Seasons Mobile Home Park and rushed him to the Critter Clinic in Marion. On Sunday morning he started having seizures. Later, those seizures wouldn't stop. He died around 7:45 a.m. Monday, June 4th.

(Photo courtesy of KCRG-TV 9)  The Veterinarian taking care of Apalo had something to say to the teens that did this. Dr. Sara Shipper stated, "I did say on Sunday that I wish they would've seem what I had to see on Sunday, what that puppy was doing. I don't think they appreciate what life is."

A spokesperson with Cedar Rapids Animal Control stated that they are not pursuing any leads right now because they don't have enough information.

Update 6/3/07:  There's a $2,500 reward to help police apprehend the guilty party.  A Solon man who wants to remain anonymous is offering a $2,500 reward to anyone who turns in to police the people who beat up a St. Bernard puppy in Cedar Rapids, crippling it and causing brain damage.

The puppy's owners are Mark and Katie Streight, of 2 Summer Circle NE. Katie Streight said her husband saw "three teenagers" running away from their house May 29th, then found Apalo , their 4-month-old puppy, under the porch, dragging its useless hind legs behind it.

The Streights couldn't pay the veterinarian's bills, so they signed the dog over to veterinarians rather than have it put to sleep.

Cedar Rapids police said last night nobody had yet been accused of hurting the dog.

Update 6/6/07:  The Cedar Rapids Police Department is collecting donations for a reward to help catch whoever beat a Saint Bernard puppy - damaging its brain and eventually causing it to die.

Checks or money orders for a reward should be made out to the Crime Stoppers Board, and should be marked for the investigation of Apalo the St. Bernard. Checks can be dropped off at the Police Station, 505 First St. SW, or sent to: Crime Stoppers Board, 505 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

Money will be returned if whoever beat the dog is not caught. Anyone with tips should call the police investigations department between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays at 319-286-5400 and ask for Dave Zahn.

Reference:

KCRG 9 News

The Gazette