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March 31, 2009

The HSUS Offers Reward In Colo. Cow Mutilations

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­mutilating cows in southern Colorado.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: A rancher manager found one of his cows dead on March 24 at a ranch near Walsenburg. The cow's udder had been surgically removed. The animal had no other obvious injuries and there was no blood or ground disturbance around the cow's body. On March 17, at a ranch 14 miles east of Trinidad on U.S. 350, a rancher found one of his cows dead near their feed tub with only his spinal column, head and legs left behind. On March 8 — near the Purgatoire River just west of Weston — a cow was found dead with her udder and reproductive organs surgically removed.

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 Holly Tarry, The HSUS' Colorado state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."

The Investigators:

The Las Animas County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call 719-846-2211.

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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