August 12, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward In Washington, D.C. Dog Brutality
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 wrapping a severely injured pit bull in a garbage bag and throwing her into a dumpster in the nation's capital.
News reports give the following account: On Friday, a black, female pit bull was found wrapped in a sealed garbage bag in a dumpster in the parking lot of 4220 9th Street SE, Washington D.C. The adult dog was found alive, but with extreme injuries to her face and chest — wounds investigators believe had been inflicted by either another dog or a person, possibly on Thursday night or Friday morning. The dog was placed in the dumpster sometime before 2 p.m. Friday.
The dog is about 2 years old, and is primarily black with a patch of white hair on her chest. Her perpetrator used duct tape to seal her in the garbage bag.
The Humane Society of the United States and The Washington Humane Society are in desperate need of help from the community for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific act of animal cruelty.
The Humane Society of the United States reward raises the total reward offered to $4,000 for information that leads to a conviction in this case.
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 link between animal abuse and violence against humans is absolute and indisputable. Someone capable of hurting this dog is certainly capable of hurting a person," said Ann Chynoweth, The Humane Society of the United States' Animal Fighting and Cruelty campaign director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the animals with whom we share our world."
The Washington Humane Society is investigating. Anyone with information about the dog, her owner, or anything else that could help secure more information about the case is asked to call investigators at 202-723-5730.
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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