July 8, 2009
Reward Offered in Nevada Horse Abandonment and Abuse 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 or persons responsible for abandoning a 2-year-old horse and cutting her identification mark from her body, leaving a large wound on her hindquarters.
Nevada Agriculture Department Enforcement Officer Lt. Blaine Northrup gives the following account: A domestic dapple gray mare with a large laceration on her hindquarters was found running loose in Meadow Canyon, Nev. Investigators determined that someone — likely the horse's owner — cut off the horse's skin in order to remove her identifying brand and evade detection. Owners typically brand their horses in case the animals get lost or stolen.
The horse is in stable condition and will eventually be taken to the Return to Freedom Sanctuary in Lompoc, Calif. The non-profit horse sanctuary provides a safe haven for more than 200 wild horses and burros, as well as other horses saved from abuse, neglect and slaughter.
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.
"The public, law enforcement and humane community are all rightly outraged that someone could inflict this sort of cruelty upon a horse. There is no excuse for abandoning or maiming a horse and all horse owners have the responsibility to take proper care of their animals," said Stacy Segal, equine protection specialist for The Humane Society of the United States. "Horse abandonment and abuse are serious crimes. We hope someone will come forward with the necessary information to bring the perpetrator of this crime to justice."
The Nevada Agriculture Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Nevada Department of Agriculture Regional Manager Ed Foster at 775-688-1182, ext. 272.
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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