July 6, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Manorville, NY Pit Bulls' Deaths
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 killing and mutilating four dogs found last week on North Street in Suffolk County, N.Y. The HSUS reward offer raises the reward total to $5,000, including $1,000 from the Suffolk County SPCA and multiple donations from concerned citizens.
Suffolk County SPCA investigators give the following account: The decomposing bodies of four adult pit bulls – two males and two females – were found on June 28 in a wooded area on North Street in Manorville. One of the dogs appeared to have a broken neck.
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 Patrick Kwan, The Humane Society of the United States' New York state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Suffolk County SPCA is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 631-382-SPCA (7722).
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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