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The HSUS Offers Reward in Carlisle, Pa. Dog Poisonings Spanning About Five Years

The Humane Society of the United States

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 poisoning deaths of four dogs and the non-fatal poisonings of several others in the area of Carlisle, Pa. since 2004.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: Since 2004, four dogs have reportedly been killed by poison in the Carlisle area. Two of those dogs died within the last year from consuming poison and five other dogs have been poisoned in the Huntsdale area during that timeframe. Earlier poisonings had happened in the Beetam Hollow Road and Southside Drive areas of Penn Township. In several of the cases, threatening notes were left at the victim's homes, claiming action would be taken against the owners' barking dogs. 

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.

"Those who abuse animals can be dangerous to people," said Sarah Speed, The HSUS' Pennsylvania state director. "Pennsylvania residents should have no tolerance for violence against animals."

The Investigators:

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Trooper Michael Rugh at 717-254-4701 or mrugh@state.pa.us.


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.