July 20, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Stafford Township, NJ Dog Poisonings
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 allegedly poisoning two dogs in the Cedar Bonnet area of Stafford Township, N.J.
News reports give the following account: Between May 20 and June 8, Stafford Township Animal Control officers responded to two separate requests for assistance from residents whose dogs were seizuring and convulsing. On each occasion both dogs were transported for emergency veterinary care. Both animals had to be euthanized.
A necropsy and tissue analysis confirmed the cause of the fatal illness responsible for the death of both dogs was ethylene glycol, or antifreeze poisoning. Investigators believe someone intentionally poisoned the animals.
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 a danger to people as well as animals," said Sherry Ramsey, The Humane Society of the United States' manager of animal cruelty prosecutions. "Americans have no tolerance for cruelty against the creatures who share our world."
Stafford Township Chief Animal Cruelty Investigator Michael Melchionne is investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Chief Melchionne at (609) 597-1000, ext. 8525. Calls can be received at the Stafford Township Police Department after hours and on weekends at (609) 597-8581. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
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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