March 13, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward In Deaths of 3 NY Puppies
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 three newborn puppies in Chester, N.Y. and disposing of their remains in a coffee can. The HSUS reward is in addition to a $500 reward offered by The Warwick Valley (N.Y.) Humane Society.
Warwick Valley Humane Society officials give the following account: On Saturday, March 7, Village of Chester police found the dead animals while investigating an illegal dumping complaint. The officers found a white plastic bag containing a 5-pound coffee can dumped in a garbage bin. Three dead newborn puppies — two males and one female — were found inside the can. Through a necropsy, it was determined that the hours-old puppies sustained severe blunt head trauma and abdomen bruising.
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.
"Anyone who is capable of such a malicious act toward infant animals can be dangerous to people," said Patrick Kwan, The HSUS' New York state director. "New Yorkers have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
Suzyn Barron, president of Warwick Valley Humane Society, said, "I am hopeful that the reward will encourage anyone with information to step up and do the right thing. The murders of these newborns was deliberate and depraved and the person or persons involved must be held accountable."
The Village of Chester Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Jim Thornton at (845) 469-4111.
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.