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December 30, 2009

The HSUS Offers Reward in Kentucky Cruelty Case

Dog named Miracle survives severe burns

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 burning a dog with bacon grease in Pikeville, Ky.

The Case:

United Rescues of Kentucky gives the following account: On Dec. 1, a small mixed-breed male dog writhing in pain was found by a Pikeville resident who heard him howling in discomfort. The rescuer discovered the dog had been burned by what appeared to be hot bacon grease that had been poured on him, and found his collar melted into his skin. A local veterinarian was able to stabilize him and his ownership was transferred to United Rescues of Kentucky, a Lexington-based animal rescue organization that has access to the specialized medical care his injuries require. The dog, now named Miracle, is receiving 24-hour care and is recuperating in a foster home in the Louisville area.

"This poor dog has suffered terribly and will require long-term medical care," said Beverly McChesney, a spokeswoman for United Rescues of Kentucky. "We want to thank The Humane Society of the United States for assisting with Miracle's medical care and offering this reward."

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.

"Those who abuse animals can be dangerous to people," said Pamela Rogers, The HSUS' Kentucky state director. "I am thankful that this kind of horrific abuse is now considered a felony in Kentucky and hope Miracle's attacker is identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. "

The Investigators:

The Pike County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 606-432-6260.

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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Anyone wishing to follow Miracle's recovery can visit the United Rescues of Kentucky at urky.org.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org. 

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