February 18, 2009
Reward Offered In Deaths of Three Searsport, Maine Dogs
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 the deadly shooting of three dogs in Searsport, Maine in December 2008.
News reports give the following account: Two Great Danes found shot to death on Dec. 4 were killed similarly to a Rottweiler found shot to death in September. Acting on a tip, Searsport Police Department Chief Dick LaHaye and Officer Eric Bonney found a 2-year-old male Great Dane and 4-month-old female Great Dane dead, lying on a piece of plastic, at about 2 p.m. on Dec. 4. The male had been shot multiple times and the female puppy had been shot once. In September, Searsport Animal Control Officer Rory McLaughlin found a Rottweiler shot dead. The dog's body was also left on a piece of plastic on Nickels Road. The three dogs, who lived within one mile of Nickels Road, were running at large when they were killed. The owner of the Great Dnes had called the evening they were found to report they were loose. If the person or persons responsible are found, they will likely be charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty and aggravated criminal mischief, police 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 Katie Lisnik, The HSUS' Maine state director. "Mainers have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Searsport Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 207-548-2304 or 207-323-1490.
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.