August 7, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward In Michigan Dog Shooting
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 shooting a dog in Allegan County, Mich. in July.
The Case: News reports and investigators give the following account: On July 11, a dog named Bronco got away from his owners while they were camping near Hopkins, Mich. Four days later, the wounded dog wandered onto the lawn of a good Samaritan, who called Allegan County Animal Control to pick him up. The dog was treated by veterinarians for four bullet wounds on his neck, throat and jaw. He suffered nerve damage rendering him deaf and leaving his head permanently twisted. Bullet fragments remain lodged in an inoperable part of his jaw. Bronco is now recovering and being cared for by Wishbone Pet Rescue.
Animal Cruelty: 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 Jill Fritz, The Humane Society of the United States' Michigan state director. "Michiganians have no tolerance for such heartless acts of violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Investigators: The Allegan County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the department's Silent Observer Tip Line at 1-800-554-3633.
Resources: 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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