September 3, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Beach, ND Puppy Beating
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 beating a Pekingese puppy to death in his Beach, N.D. back yard.
News reports give the following account: On Aug. 14, between 9 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., a 10-month-old dog named Paco was beaten to death in his back yard where he was tied to his dog house. Golden County Sheriff's Department deputies said Paco's assailant untied him and took him. The large amount of blood found at the scene led deputies to believe that Paco was killed.
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," said Ann Chynoweth, senior director of The HSUS' Animal Cruelty and Fighting Campaign. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the animals with whom we share our world."
The Golden Valley County Sheriff's department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 701-872-4733.
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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