January 8, 2009
Reward Offered In Oklahoma Dog's 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 the shooting death of an 8-year-old Welsh corgi named Squiggy. The HSUS offer raises the total reward offered to $2,700, including $200 offered by Squiggy's guardians, the Malaske family.
News reports give the following account: After the Malaskes' beloved companion went missing for a day, the family discovered his dead body Dec. 28 in the Horseshoe Lake housing addition, just north of Harrah, Okla. Squiggy, who was known to frequent the nearby area, suffered two gunshot wounds to his chest. Investigators said four other dogs in the neighborhood have either died or disappeared under suspicious circumstances recently.
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.
"Losing a beloved family pet to such a senseless act of violence has devastated this family," said Cynthia Armstrong, The HSUS' Oklahoma state director. "Individuals who perpetrate crimes against animals can be dangerous to the community at large, and should be brought to justice."
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department Deputy Shawn Shelby is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department at 405-869-2501.
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.