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March 6, 2009

The HSUS Offers Reward in Miramar, Fla. Duck Shootings

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States and the Wildlife Care Center are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for fatally shooting two Muscovy ducks with arrows this week.

The Case: 

A news report and police give the following account: One Muscovy duck was shot with two two-foot arrows on Monday, and another duck was impaled with an arrow Thursday in the Vizcaya community, near a lake in the 4900 block of Southwest 134th Avenue. The first victim this week was found wounded Tuesday, several hours after he was shot. The duck died en route to the Wildlife Care Center, which dispatched staff to help the animal. The second duck was found impaled by an arrow Thursday night and was taken to the Wildlife Care Center where he had to be euthanized due to the extent of his injuries. Several other Muscovy ducks have reportedly been killed in the same area in recent months, in Miramar and in other South Florida communities, including Coral Springs, Margate and North Lauderdale.

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 Dale Bartlett, The HSUS' deputy manager for animal cruelty issues. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."

The Investigators:

The Miramar Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Broward Crimestoppers at 954-493-8477.

Resources:

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.

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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

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