February 27, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward In Maine Mastiff Shooting
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a dog in a Mayfield Township, Maine logging yard.
News reports give the following account: A dog suffering from multiple gunshot wounds was found in a logging yard in Somerset County on Wednesday. A group of loggers found the injured bull mastiff, who had been shot numerous times in the head and neck. The dog apparently wandered into the logging yard, which is about one mile in from routes 16 and 151. Somerset County Deputy Michael Ross lured the dog to his cruiser using a sandwich, and took the injured animal to Foxcroft Veterinary services for medical treatment. Though he lost a lot of blood, the dog is well on his way to a full recovery and already has interested families looking to adopt him.
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.
"People who hurt animals can hurt people, too," said Katie Lisnik, The HSUS' Maine state director. "Mainers have no tolerance for animal cruelty."
Somerset County Sheriff's Office Lt. Carl Gottardi is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 1-800-452-1933 or the anonymous tipline, at 207-474-0230.
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 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. 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.