October 17, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Tragic Louisville, Ky. Dog 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 attacking and seriously injuring a female boxer-mix. The dog, named Layla, had to be euthanized due to the extent of her injuries.
News reports give the following account: Residents of the 3800 block of Cliff Avenue in the Wyandotte Park area noticed a seriously injured dog lying on her owner's front yard at about 3:30 pm. on Thursday. Layla, a beloved family pet, had apparently been beaten, and when her owners arrived, they rushed their boxer-mix to the veterinarian. Unfortunately, Layla's injuries were so severe that she had to be euthanized. A witness told police that they noticed two teenage boys running from the area of Layla's home at the time of the attack.
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.
"This extremely cruel and senseless act was perpetrated by a very dangerous and sadistic person or persons and left a family heartbroken," said Pam Rogers, The HSUS' Kentucky state director. "Kentuckians have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 502-574-7167 and ask for Officer Lisa Nagle.
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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