August 4, 2009
The HSUS Increases Reward Offered In Miami-Dade Horse Killings
The Humane Society of the United States is increasing its reward to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for slaughtering at least 17 horses in the Miami-Dade County area since January. The Humane Society of the United States had offered its standard $2,500 reward for information in February and is doubling its reward since the killings appear ongoing.
News reports give the following account: Since January, at least 17 horses have been found slaughtered in their pastures or barns, or found dead and abandoned at the side of roads. The horses appear to have been butchered for their meat. In the latest case, an Appaloosa quarter horse named Linda was found killed in her stable with her 2-month-old foal nearby.
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.
"These horses were beloved companions found barbarically killed for their meat. The horses must have suffered horribly, and now their owners grieve their needless deaths. For that reason, we are increasing to $5,000 our reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these brutal killings," said Laura Bevan, The Humane Society of the United States' Eastern regional director based in Tallahassee.
Miami-Dade Police Agricultural Patrol is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).
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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