December 8, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Shooting of Baltimore Animal Control Officer
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 shooting an animal control officer in Baltimore.
According to the Baltimore City Police: On Dec. 1 at about 9 p.m., a Baltimore animal control officer was shot in the hand after responding to a call for a problem animal in the 700 block of Pontiac Avenue. Officer Jermaine Barnes was sitting in his vehicle, filling out paperwork after picking up a dog, when he heard gunshots. A bullet shattered the window to his vehicle and Officer Barnes was shot in the hand. Police do not know if the animal control officer was targeted or was wounded by stray gunfire. The shooting occurred after he placed the dog in the back of the vehicle. Barnes is in stable condition.
"These public servants are charged with the critical task of protecting animals and citizens in their community. We have no tolerance for those who assault humane officers," said John Snyder, vice president of The HSUS' Companion Animals department.
The Baltimore City Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Carlos Feliciano at 410-396-2504.
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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