January 6, 2009
Reward Offered In Millville, NJ Pit Bull Cruelty Case
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 killing three young pit bulls, stuffing their remains into garbage bags and dumping their bodies on the side of the road. The HSUS also offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a dogfighter. If a tip on this case results in an arrest and conviction on dogfighting charges instead of — or in addition to — animal cruelty charges, the tipster will be eligible for an upgraded reward of up to $5,000. The Cumberland County SPCA is offering an additional reward of $1,000 in this case.
News reports give the following account: A man walking his dog on New Year's Day discovered the bodies of three young pit bulls stuffed in separate trash bags. The puppies were found in a remote wooded area in Millville, along Union Lake. Two were male and one was female, and all were emaciated with wounds consistent with dogfighting.
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 Dale Bartlett, The HSUS' deputy manager for animal cruelty issues. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Cumberland County SPCA is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 856-691-1500.
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.