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October 1, 2009

The HSUS Offers Reward in Poisoning of Four Horses in Oregon

The Humane Society of the United States

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 killing four horses in Lake County, Ore.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: Between Sept. 20 and 21, four competition quarter horses were found dead at the 18000 block of Lake Ridge Road in Lakeview due to poisoning. The substance has not been positively identified.

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 Scott Beckstead, The HSUS' senior state director for Oregon. "Oregonians have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."

The Investigators:

The Lake County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Deputy Sheriff Daniel Tague at 541-947-6027.

Also assisting with the case are the Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Agriculture and Lakeview Animal Hospital.

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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