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November 19, 2009

Iowa Pig Cruelty

The HSUS Offers Reward in Suffocation of 3,800 Hull, Iowa Pigs

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 intentionally suffocating 3,800 pigs in Hull, Iowa.

The Case:

According to Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena and news reports: On Nov. 13, deputies responded to a call from Todd Hasche, the owner of a hog confinement operation near Hull, Iowa. Overnight, someone tampered with the controls to the confinement airflow system, causing the suffocation of 3,800 pigs. The main breakers in the barn were turned off, a stand-by generator was turned off and the alarm system (which would alert him to a malfunction) was deliberately disabled. "We have no idea why somebody would do something like this," Altena said.

Carol Griglione, The HSUS' Iowa state director, said, "Whoever intentionally suffocated these defenseless pigs needs to be held accountable. This kind of intentional cruelty to animals is unacceptable and the persons responsible for these senseless deaths need to face stern penalties."

The Investigators:

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Chief Deputy Jason Bergsma at 712-737-3307.

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.

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