01/29/2014 03:15 EST | Updated 03/31/2014 05:59 EDT

Shocking animal abuse case moves forward after house search

Investigators with Calgary's Humane Society have identified a person of interest connected to two recent cases of animal abuse that sparked outrage around the city.

A young Siberian husky and a nine-month-old kitten were found dead — one week apart — in an alley in Willow Park in the city’s southeast earlier this month.

Both animals’ muzzles were taped shut.

Brad Nichols, who is in charge of cruelty investigations for the society, said that although no charges have been laid, the investigation is moving forward.

“We did execute a search warrant on Friday, Jan. 24. Several items were seized from the residence. And they are being processed currently,” Nichols said.

A tip led to the search warrant being issued, he said. But he said it could still be weeks or even months before the investigation is completed.

More than $75,000 was raised when Vets To Go put up an initial $5,000 and started a fundraising campaign to offer a reward to whoever identifies the culprit or culprits. 

The group capped the reward at $20,000 and will use the rest of the money will be used to establish a national animal abuse registry and a training program for Crown prosecutors dealing with animal abuse cases.