Hebron dog’s cruel death still under investigation
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent January 6, 2013 5:08PM
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Anyone with information on Pearl’s death can call the Hebron Police Department at 996-2747.
Updated: January 6, 2013 6:42PM
HEBRON — A month after Cheryl Alt’s dog, Pearl, was killed in her back yard, police still haven’t found the dog’s killer.
“The heartbreak hasn’t gotten any easier,” said Alt, adding she had purchased toys for Pearl, as well as a Christmas stocking. “The pain doesn’t go away. It was just too weird and cruel to let go of so easily.”
On Dec. 8, Alt, who lives in the 600 block of North Main Street, tied Pearl in the back yard to get some fresh air. She went out about an hour later, around 11 a.m., to find the dog’s chain cut.
The dog was in the neighbor’s yard, rolling around with its legs in the air and a metal trap around its neck. Hebron police said the dog suffocated from the trap, which they also said was deliberately set.
Porter County Animal Control assisted with the case initially, but the investigation is now completely in the hands of the Hebron Police Department, which said there’s nothing new on the case.
“No one has come to me and said what their goals are and what they’re looking at,” she said.
In the days following Pearl’s death, someone left a copy of the town’s old animal ordinance at Alt’s home, as well as that of Police Chief Steven Sibbrell, the town’s clerk-treasurer, and two other residents, all of whom also own dogs.
A portion of the ordinance dealing with barking was circled in marker, and “Know the Law!” was written on the ordinance, along with an expletive.
The last contact Alt had with police about Pearl’s death was on Dec. 17, when an officer picked up her copy of the note.
Police came to Alt’s house twice because people complained about Pearl’s barking. The first time an officer came to the door, Alt asked what her options were, and the officer said if the dog wasn’t out barking late at night or early in the morning, it wouldn’t be an issue.
Alt has said Pearl, who the family got from a friend in the spring, was only tied up outside when the family was home.
Rewards offered by the Humane Society of the United States and the American League Defense Fund, as well as a fund set up locally at DeMotte State Bank, have not brought forth tips leading to a suspect.
“I can always hope this person will be brought to justice and will never do anything this cruel again,” Alt said.