November 3, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Pa. Dog Shootings
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 execution-style shooting of two dogs in Pennsbury Township, Pa.
News reports give the following account: On Oct. 25, Luna and Emma, two German short-haired pointer mixes, were reported missing from their home in Pennsbury Township. A few hours later, a woman walking along railroad tracks spotted the two dogs, shot execution style, lying tail to tail along the tracks. The Chester County SPCA is investigating a lead that a late-model, maroon Ford F-150 was seen in the area around the time the dogs went missing.
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.
"Anyone who is capable of committing cruelty to animals can be dangerous to people," said Sarah Speed, The HSUS' Pennsylvania state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Chester County SPCA is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 610-692-6113.
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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