Who, age What Where When Last known address
Unknown 2 dogs found dead in refrigerator

Keokuk, IA

Lee County

November 4, 2002  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
Misdemeanor   2 10-year-old Pekinese/dachshund mix dogs Open  

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing two dogs and putting their bodies in a refrigerator in Keokuk, Iowa. The HSUS reward is being added to an established fund that now stands at $3,000.

Other organizations contributing to the reward include: Friends of the Keokuk Animal Shelter, The Iowa Federation of Humane Societies, the Keokuk Humane Society, ASPCA, Doris Day Animal League/Foundation and In Defense of Animals. Local citizens of the Keokuk area have also contributed to the reward fund.

On November 4, the bodies of two dogs belonging to Stacey Hardman were found in a broken refrigerator on her property located at 2811 Plank Road. The two 10-year-old Pekinese/dachshund mix dogs, named Scooter and Cinnamon, had been missing for just over two weeks at the time that their bodies were found by a tenant on the property.

“These dogs’ deaths are very disturbing,” said Arnold Baer, acting director of The HSUS Midwest Regional Office. “The killing of the dogs and the placement of their bodies in a location where they were sure to be found by the dogs’ owner seems to indicate that the crime was planned and deliberate. A person capable of such cold disregard for life is a potential threat to other animals and even people in the community.”

Authorities are aggressively pursuing this case. The bodies of the dogs have been sent to Iowa State University in Ames for necropsies and toxicology tests. Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact the Keokuk Police Department at (319) 524–3132 or the Investigation Department of the Keokuk Police Department at (319) 524–7704.

In Iowa, if it is determined that the dogs were intentionally killed, the perpetrator could face an aggravated misdemeanor penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of at least $500 but not to exceed $5,000 for a first-time conviction of animal cruelty. A second conviction of animal cruelty is a Class D felony and is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a $7,500 fine.