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Reward increases to find person who tossed dog off Oklahoma bridge

A reward for information about the person who threw a dog off an interstate bridge is up to $7,500.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY Modified: December 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm •  Published: December 12, 2012
/articleid/3736637/1/pictures/1905789">Photo - Rookie is shown Dec. 5.  Photo provided by Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office
Rookie is shown Dec. 5. Photo provided by Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office

“Dogs are ‘man's best friend' and are dependent upon humans for food, shelter and care. In return they provide unquestioned companionship and love,” Whetsel said in a statement Tuesday. “For someone to throw Rookie off of a bridge is unconscionable and the sign of an inherently evil person. We are doing everything possible to find the person responsible so that person can answer in a court of law.”

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. Initially, the organization put the reward at $2,500.

Barry and Becky Switzer have added $1,000 to that reward, Whetsel reported. Max Fairchild and the AutoMax dealership are committing at least $1,500, bringing the reward total to at least $7,500.

Rookie was taken to the Deer Creek Animal Hospital in Harrah, where he was treated for an open leg fracture and internal bleeding. Then he was transferred to Oklahoma State University's veterinary teaching hospital for surgery.

CONTRIBUTING: Matt Dinger, Staff writer


Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said that anyone with information on the person responsible can call the sheriff's office at 869-2501.

Trooper Jennifer Fisher has created a Facebook fan page for Rookie with updated information at


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