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The HSUS Offers Reward In Somerton, Ariz. Dog Shooting

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 shooting a dog in Somerton, Ariz. on April 12.

The Case:
The Yuma County Sheriff's Office reports the following: On April 12 at 10:45 p.m., a deputy responded to a residence in the 15800 block of S. Rincon De Espana after getting a call that a dog had been shot. The owner said that she got home about 10:15 p.m. and heard three to four gun shots at about 10:30 p.m. She went outside and found her dog, Blue, lying on the outside of the fence of her residence with blood covering his body. He had been shot in his chest and was dead. The owner said she didn't hear any vehicles and there were no known witnesses.

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 Kari Nienstedt, The HSUS' Arizona state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world." 

The Investigators:
Sgt. Ron Voss S-37 is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Yuma County Sheriff's Office at 928-342-1477. Please reference Case number: 2009-22268

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/crueltyresources.

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