April 16, 2009
Reward Offered In Mich. Poodle's Burning 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 April 12 burning death of a miniature poodle at the Meadow Lanes Trailer Park in Garfield Township, Mich.
News reports give the following account: On Sunday, Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to a call at about 1 a.m. from a woman who found her miniature poodle dead of apparent burns. The woman told police she had put her poodle outside on a chain and returned 15 minutes later to find the dog missing. She searched the area for an hour and returned home, where she found her dog's charred carcass lying on her front lawn. The dog's leash and collar were missing.
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 burning an innocent poodle can be dangerous to people," said Jill Fritz, The HSUS' Michigan state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world and want to see their abusers brought to justice."
The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 231-995-5002.
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.