Mike Heine/The Week
(Published Nov. 12, 2007, 11:33 a.m.)
The beheading of a baby alpaca last month has lit up the Web and prompted animal groups to offer $3,000 in rewards to catch the culprit or culprits.
On Oct. 10, Tana Ward noticed one of her alpacas was missing from her Willow Tan Farm on County O north of Delavan.
She later found the alpaca, a baby named Arianne, decapitated and lying in the pasture.
Since The Week first reported the beheading a few weeks ago, numerous TV stations have called Ward and the story has circulated widely on the Internet.
"The coverage was great," said Ward, who is still hoping to find the animal's killer. "We hadn't talked about it other than to our neighbors around here when it originally happened. The coverage helped get (the word) out further."
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the beheading. The Animal Defense Council has offered an additional $500, bringing the total reward to $3,000.
The alpaca community has been abuzz on the Internet in chat rooms and with blog posts, Ward said.
The Walworth County Sheriff's Department still has few leads, but is considering the case animal abuse, Ward said.
Police determined the head was severed cleanly and it was not an animal attack as Ward first thought. Someone climbed through the fence to enter the farm, police said.
"I hope they are-depending on their age-prosecuted extensively as they can be," Ward said of the perpetrator. "I think restitution is reasonable to ask for. I'm not going to ask for pain and suffering even though I was terrified to go out my front door for the next two days."
Ward hopes the reward offering brings new information about "tasteless act."
"I'm hoping that money talks and the reward looks inviting to somebody that knows something," she said.
"People have been really wanting to offer their support. I'm just hoping that they can find out who did it.
"That's my big thing; is to find out who did it and why."
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