March 31, 2009
Reward Offered in Indiana Dog Torture Case
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 torturing a dog in Randolph County, Ind.
Dawn Mullins, owner and director of Animal Friends SPCA, gives the following account: Mullins found a dead, 30-pound blond chow-mix alongside the road on Wednesday. She discovered that the female dog had suffered bullet and stab wounds. On top of that, rocks were tied around her legs and a bicycle chain was roped around around her neck. The dog was about 1 year old to 2 years old.
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 capable of torturing an animal can be dangerous to people," said Anne Sterling, The HSUS' Indiana state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Randolph County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 765-584-1721.
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.