July 28, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Kentucky Animal Cruelty 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 responsible for throwing a dog off the Clark Memorial Bridge into the Ohio River.
News reports give the following account: On Monday at about 4 p.m., witnesses dining at a waterfront restaurant saw a white Chevy Malibu stop in the southbound lanes of the Clark Memorial Bridge. A passenger exited the vehicle with a dog, threw the dog over the bridge and then drove away.
A restaurant employee ran to the river's edge and called to the dog to lure her to the shore. Soon, a water rescue team arrived and retrieved the dog about 20 feet from the shoreline. The dog — a tan, female pit bull with a white stripe on her nose and a white chest — survived with minor injuries. She appears to be about 2 years old and to have recently given birth. The dog is under the care of one of her rescuers.
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.
"This was an extremely heartless and cruel act perpetrated by a very dangerous person," said Pam Rogers, The Humane Society of the United States' Kentucky state director. "Kentuckians have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world. Such callous cruelty to a helpless creature demands accountability."
Louisville Metro Animal Services in investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 502-361-1318 and ask for Capt. Wayne Zelinsky.
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.
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