January 9, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward In Illinois Dog's Poisoning Death
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for poisoning Chloe, a family's beloved Rottweiler.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office gives the following account: On Nov. 16, Chloe was found poisoned in the 400 block of Plainview Drive in East Alton, Ill. Preliminary reports indicate that the 5-year-old Rottweiler ingested rat poison, and investigators believe her poisoning was intentional. She was taken to a local veterninary hospital, but only lived a few more days. Chloe suffered intense vomiting, diarrhea, labored breathing and internal bleeding.
"The HSUS' help is greatly appreciated. While the community has been helpful in the investigation, we have reached an impasse. We hope that with the reward offered by The HSUS, the perpetrator will be brought to justice," Madison County Sheriff's Office Detective Kristopher Tharp said.
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.
"Those who abuse animals can be dangerous to people," said Jordan Matyas, The HSUS' Illinois state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Madison County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 618-296-3000.
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. To see our journalists' animal cruelty resource guide, which includes information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to: humanesociety.org/crueltyresources.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.