February 6, 2009
Reward Offered In Rural NJ Cruelty Case
Dog Killed, Dumped at Wildlife Sanctuary
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 a Rottweiler-mix dog and disposing of her remains near the Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary in Frelinghuysen, N.J. The New Jersey SPCA is offering an additional $250 reward in the case.
Warren County Animal Control gives the following account: At about 11 a.m. on Feb. 2, someone was seen throwing a dog from a vehicle on the long driveway approaching the Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary. Animal Control responded and found that the dog — an estimated 5-year-old Rottweiler mix, had been shot twice before being dumped.
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 New Jersey SPCA is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call its animal cruelty hotline at 1-800-582-5979.
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 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.