November 5, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Alabama Dog's Shooting Death
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 Josie, a Dora, Ala., family dog.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department gives the following account: Overnight Aug. 28, a 9-year-old Labrador-chow mix named Josie was shot and killed in her owner's fenced yard in the 7800 block of Bethel Road. Josie's remains were examined and a projectile discharged from a firearm was recovered. The round taken from Josie's body matched another round that was found lodged into a section of Josie's family's house.
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 Mindy Gilbert, The HSUS' Alabama state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Deputy Dwight Sloan at 205-249-1291.
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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