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      PETA offers reward after dogs poisoned

      Homeowners in a Penitas neighborhood fear an increased threat of burglaries after several dogs are killed.

      It all started Sunday when more than a dozen dogs were poisoned.

      Blanca Meraz says she would die if something happened to her beloved pets.

      "If they were gone, something of me would be gone too, Blanca said.

      The mother of three has lived in this north Penitas community for seven years.

      News that 13 dogs in her neighborhood were poisoned is almost too much.

      "If they're doing that to the puppy imagine what they could do to our kids, Blanca said.

      That same concern is on the mind of Penitas Police Chief Roel Bermea. His department believes antifreeze was used to poison these animals.

      "Our investigation is at a standstill right now, Bermea said. We have no leads whatsoever."

      Animal advocacy group PETA is stepping in to help.

      "In cases like this one where a criminal has not been found we prioritize those cases because as long as that person hasn't been found they continue to pose a threat to the community, PETA TMs manager of cruelty investigations Sarah Preston said.

      PETA is offering a reward of up to $2500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

      Blanca and her husband Roberto hope it helps. The couple fears the animals could have been killed so intruders would have easier targets.

      "It's very concerning, Blanca said.

      Blanca's noticed extra patrols in the neighborhood, but won't be satisfied until an arrest is made.If you have information in the case contact Penitas Police at 956-583-0050.Information leading to an arrest and conviction could make you eligible for a reward of up to $2500.