August 20, 2014
Reward Offered in Utah Dog Shooting
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 for shooting a pit bull with an arrow and leaving him in the desert.
The Case: News reports give the following account: On August 15, an officer with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office found Remy, a 60-pound, black and white, male pit bull 20 minutes outside of Ivins, Utah, with an apparent open wound. He immediately called Ivins Animal Control and it was determined the dog was shot from behind with an arrow, which went all the way up to his stomach, nicking his intestines in two or three places and injuring the outer area of his pancreas. Remy was taken to Red Hills Animal Hospital in St. George, where he underwent a three-hour surgery and is recovering.
Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.
Sundays Hunt, Utah state director for The HSUS, said: “It’s heartbreaking to think what would have come of Remy if he wasn’t found and helped. We are so grateful for the incredible compassion shown to Remy by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and hope that this reward brings forward the person responsible for this heinous act of animal abuse.”
The Investigators: The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 435-656-6500.
Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. The HSUS recently doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member.
To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.
Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 240-672-8397; firstname.lastname@example.org