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November 11, 2009

Oregon Cow Cruelty

The HSUS Offers Reward in Jackson County Cruelty Case

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 the malicious shooting of three pregnant cows in Jackson County, Ore.

The Case:

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office and news reports give the following account: On Saturday, at about 2 a.m., a person or persons used a shotgun to shoot three pregnant cows as they slept in a pasture off Highway 238, near Bishop Creek. One of the wounded cows was dragged for a half-mile after the shooting, and was then partially butchered.  It is unclear whether she was dead before she was dragged and mutilated. The two remaining wounded cows sustained critical injuries and were euthanized by their owner.

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.

"The shooting of these three pregnant cows shows a deliberate cruelty and callousness that is difficult to fathom," said Scott Beckstead, The HSUS' Oregon senior state director. "Those who abuse animals can be dangerous to people, and we commend the Jackson County Sheriff's Office for giving this terrible case the serious attention it deserves. We hope to see the perpetrators apprehended and brought to justice."

The Investigators:

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Tip Line at 541-774-8333, or Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 800-3-DETECT.

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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