ST. PETERSBURG — A local businessman is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the identify of a driver who struck and killed a dog earlier this week, police said.
Snoopy the Jack Russell terrier was run over Monday morning by a dark sedan in the alley behind the dog's home in the Live Oaks neighborhood in western St. Petersburg.
A neighbor who saw the incident said the driver chased the dog and hit him intentionally. Police have been looking for the person.
So far, however, no one has come forward, police spokesman Mike Puetz said Friday.
Joe Part, the founder of Palm Harbor-based All Trust Insurance, hopes cash will change that. Part, who said he was "horrified" when he read about Snoopy earlier this week, is offering $1,000.
"I am so disturbed by behavior toward animals or children," the 61-year-old said. "When bad things happen to innocents, I just can't handle it."
Snoopy's owners, Paul Alves and Jodi Scutt, said they are grateful.
The couple are having a memorial ceremony for their Snoopy at 10 a.m. today at Pet Angel Memorial Center, 6225 72nd Ave. N in Pinellas Park. The public is invited to attend.
Alves said he also will kick in $500 for a reward.
Police are asking anyone with information to call (727) 893-7780.
Kameel Stanley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8643.