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December 15, 2009

The HSUS Offers Reward in Ohio 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 and leaving him on the side of the road in Barberton, Ohio.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On Oct. 17, the dismembered body of a dog was discovered on the side of Hudson Run Road in Barberton, Ohio. Police found two plastic garbage bags, one containing the dog's torso and hind legs and the other containing his front legs, while investigating the scene. The dog had been completely skinned and his head was missing. What was left of his fur led police to believe that the dog was brown (or at least had brown fur on his legs). Detectives said it appeared the dog had been killed, dismembered and skinned just hours earlier.

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.

"Extreme acts of animal cruelty like this one are felony offenses in Ohio because citizens want to protect animals and their communities from such violence, said Ann Chynoweth, senior director of The HSUS' Animal Cruelty and Fighting Campaign. "Whoever mutilated this helpless dog needs to be held accountable."

The Investigators:

The Barberton Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the department's detective bureau at 330-848-6703.

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.

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