November 18, 2009
Arizona Cow Cruelty
The HSUS Offers Reward in Bonita Cow 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 and killing a domestic cow on the Sierra Bonita Ranch in Bonita, Arizona.
Sierra Bonita Ranch's Wildlife Manager John Bacorn gives the following account: Sometime between Nov. 11 and Nov. 13, someone shot a domestic cow and left her to die along a dirt road on the ranch's property. Bacorn believes the person(s) who did this might have had a grudge against a particular rancher or perhaps was just looking for a quick thrill. As a result of this needless act of cruelty, public access to this particular state trust land may be closed in the future.
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 defenseless animal was shot to death for no other apparent reason than random violence, and we are offering a reward to help catch the killer," said Kari Nienstedt, The HSUS' Arizona state director. "This case is important not only for the sake of animal protection, but because there is a documented connection between animal cruelty and human violence."
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the department's Operation Game Thief Hotline at 800-352-0700.
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.
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