An anonymous Texas resident will receive a $5,000 reward for supplying critical information leading to criminal animal cruelty charges in the shooting of a mother dog. After the tip, Tammy Green Douglas was arrested and charged in the               May 28 shooting in Parker County, Texas. The mother dog, a three-year-old red shepherd mix, had an apparent gunshot wound to the head and was in a crate with 10 puppies that were less than two weeks old.

Less than 48 hours after The HSUS announced a $5,000 reward for information that would help law enforcement with this case, Parker County Sheriff’s Office received a call that led them directly to Douglas.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said, “We’re so appreciative for the reward The Humane Society of the United States offered in this case – it was integral in encouraging residents to come forward with information that ultimately solved this case. We have an excellent track record in working with The HSUS and we are thankful for the ongoing collaboration to protect animals and people in Parker County.”

Katie Jarl, Texas state director for The HSUS said, “We are pleased that this reward money helped Sheriff Fowler with the investigation into this particularly heinous allegation of animal cruelty. It’s an honor to work with law enforcement leaders that make the welfare of animals a priority in their community.”

This is the second time The HSUS assisted the Parker County Sheriff’s Office with animal related incidents. In 2010, the groups helped seize 118 birds from a large-scale cockfighting ring and a subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of nearly 200 people.