March 30, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward In Dog's Dragging Death
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 dragging death of a dog in Centralia, Wash.
News reports give the following account: The carcass of a badly mangled dog was found in the parking lot of a Goodwill store in the heart of Centralia, Wash. on Friday. Police said the animal was apparently intentionally dragged through the parking lot, tied to the back of a car. The dog had no identification tags.
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 Dan Paul, The HSUS' Washington state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Centralia Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Investigator Ann Hitch or Investigator Boe Wold at 360-330-7680.
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.