October 15, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Tragic Springfield, Mo. Cruelty Case
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 throwing two dogs from a Springfield, Mo. overpass, killing one dog and seriously injuring the other. The HSUS reward is in addition to $3,000 worth of rewards offered by C.A.R.E. Animal Rescue and concerned citizens, raising the total reward offered to $5,500.
News reports give the following account: On Sept. 12, someone threw two dogs from the James River Freeway — a 60-foot drop that killed one dog on impact. The second dog, a Newfoundland/golden retriever mix named Dover, bit off a piece of his tongue in the fall, and sustained a broken leg and facial injuries as a result of the impact. Dover survived, and is recovering at C.A.R.E. Animal Rescue until he's ready to be adopted.
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 also pose a threat to people," said Barbara Schmitz, The HSUS' Missouri state director. "And Missourians have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
Springfield-Greene County Animal Control Officer Nicole Fowler is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call C.A.R.E., which is assisting in the investigation, at 417-496-9553 or email AnisaDawn@gmail.com.
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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