July 13, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Animal Slayings in Perkinsville, Vt.
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 stabbing and killing two family pets. The incidents occurred in Perkinsville, Vt. on June 23 and July 1.
According to the owner of the animals, her 3-year-old Netherland/Lop mix rabbit was found dead on June 23. The rabbit, named Beth, was in her hutch with a stab wound between her neck and shoulder blade. On July 1, the owner came home to find her 9-week-old kitten, Sanford, bludgeoned to death.
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 Joanne Bourbeau, The HSUS' Vermont senior state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Weathersfield Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Chief Brown at 802-875-2112.
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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