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December 17, 2009

The HSUS Offers Reward in Oklahoma Dog Dismemberment Case

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 and dismembering a dog in Oklahoma City.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On Dec. 10, Norma Gomez found Lalo, her Lhasa apso, dead in her neighbor's yard in the 3300 block of SW 42nd Street. He had been decapitated and gutted.  

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.

"Anyone capable of a crime against an animal as heinous as this one can be dangerous to people," said Cynthia Armstrong, The HSUS' Oklahoma state director. "We hope our reward helps bring Lalo's assailant or assailants to justice."

The Investigators:

Oklahoma City Animal Control Officer Tina Miller is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 297-2224.

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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