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December 4, 2009

The HSUS Offers Reward in Cow and Horse 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 shooting several cows and horses in Dunn, Barron and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin.

The Case:

News reports and the Dunn County Sheriff's office give the following accounts:  On Nov. 29 between 3 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. in northern Dunn County, three horses were shot in their pastures. On 1450th Avenue in the township of New Haven, a horse was shot and wounded in the rear quarter, and died a short time after. Another horse was shot in the head and killed on County Road V in the township of New Haven. On 490th Street in the township of Sheridan, a horse was shot in the front quarter and died of her injuries. 

Around the same time in Barron County, about a quarter-mile away from the residence at 1450th Avenue, two cows were shot in the head on Barron-Dunn Avenue. One was found dead on the scene, and the other will likely be euthanized in the next few days. All of the animals appear to have been shot from the road. Barron County Sheriff's Office also reported three additional cows were found shot on 12th Street in the township of Dallas.

St. Croix County Sheriff's Office also received reports of horses being shot. On Nov. 19, two horses were shot and killed on County Road S in the township of Emerald. An additional horse was shot and killed on Nov. 22 on County Road P in the township of Emerald.

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.

"These helpless animals were shot to death, and the killer needs to be held accountable," said Alyson Bodai, The HSUS' Wisconsin state director. "This kind of intentional cruelty to animals is unacceptable to the people of Wisconsin, and those responsible for these senseless deaths need to face a stern penalty."

The Investigators:

Anyone with information is asked to contact one of the following investigators:

Dunn County Sheriff's Office, Investigator Brian Hurt at 715-231-2912

Barron County Sheriff's Office, Investigator Jeff Nelson at 715-537-5814 ext. 6727

St. Croix County Sheriff's Office, Investigator Cary Rose at 715-381-4387

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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