November 18, 2009
NY Dog Cruelty Reward
The HSUS Offers Reward in Suspected Puppy Mill Cruelty Case in Erie County
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 abandoning more than 30 young dogs and puppies in Erie County, N.Y.
News reports and the SPCA Serving Erie County give the following account: Thirty-one terriers aged from 3 months to 2 years — including one deceased — were found abandoned and left to die in the area of Rt. 219 and Trevett Road in Concord, N.Y., on Nov. 8. Covered in feces, urine and fleas, some of the dogs — mostly Jack Russell terriers and small terrier mixes — were also pregnant, leading local animal control officials to conclude they were used for breeding in a puppy mill operation before being dumped by the road. Many were found with high fevers, several had skin diseases and many have discharge from their eyes and noses. Investigators believe more dogs and puppies from this group might be out there.
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.
Dogs from puppy mills are mass produced solely for profit and are sold in pet stores, online and directly to consumers with little to no regard for the dog's health, genetic history or welfare.
"Abandoning caged dogs to die is an inexcusable act of animal cruelty and whoever did this needs to be prosecuted for their crime," said Patrick Kwan, The HSUS' New York state director. "Unfortunately, there are still thousands of puppy mills throughout the country where dogs continue to suffer. We urge consumers to adopt pets from animal shelters or find a reputable breeder they have met and screened in person instead of fueling the demand for dogs raised in puppy mills."
The SPCA Serving Erie County is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 716-629-3537.
Barbara Carr, executive director for the SPCA Serving Erie County, said, "This community has come together in the past when similar cases have occurred, and we're again turning to community members for help in solving this case. Anyone who knows anything about the former guardian of these dogs...the person who may have been responsible for this monstrous act...or who saw unusual behavior along southtown roads and highways Sunday, Nov. 8, is encouraged to contact us."
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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