March 26, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Deaths of Horses Killed in Barn Fire
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 the deaths of two horses killed during a Cannon County, Tenn. barn fire in February.
The Cannon County Sheriff's Department gives the following account: After midnight on Feb. 27, a Cannon County family heard their horses kicking in their barn. Looking outside, they saw orange flames shooting from the building. They attempted to rescue their two horses who were trapped inside, but the fire was too hot and they were forced to turn away. The fire department arrived within five minutes, but the family's two horses had already perished in the fire. Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set and cordoned off the barn as a crime scene.
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 callous enough to allow two innocent animals to burn to death deserves to go to jail for their crime," said Leighann McCollum, The HSUS' Tennessee state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
Several agencies are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the Cannon County 911 Dispatch Center at 615-563-4322.
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.