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$10K reward offered in dog abuse investigation

EAST PALESTINE — After a female beagle named Trouble was found decapitated in her family’s backyard in early January, a $10,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the responsible party.

The Greaves family called the East Palestine police department on Jan. 3 to report that Trouble had gone missing. Two days later, on Jan. 5, Scott Greaves found his pet decapitated in the backyard.

Since the incident, residents Jami Cozz-Derry and Dianna Elzer created a Facebook account for Trouble. Cozz-Derry initially hoped to raise about $500 around town for a reward, but when donations and support started pouring in, she and Elzer approached the Columbiana County Humane Society (since it is a 501c3 non-profit) to open up a specific account to hold the reward money for Trouble’s case.

“We didn’t really expect anyone outside of the area to donate, but the support has been incredible from all over the country,” Cozz-Derry said.

The account rose to $8,000 in donations, and the Mahoning County Crime Stoppers have donated $2,000, making the total reward $10,000.

East Palestine business owners and residents have been at the forefront of the donations, and residents of neighboring areas have helped as well.

East Palestine Detective Dan Haueter is assigned to the case.

“We have been actively working the case every day,” Haueter said. “Cases like this take time, especially when there isn’t a whole lot of information to start. Hopefully, we find or receive information soon.”

Anyone with any information can call the East Palestine Police Department at 330-426-4341.

“The people of East Palestine wanted to show that while someone can do something terrible like this, we can still come together for a cause,” Cozz-Derry said.

slendak@mojonews.com

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