December 23, 2009
Reward Offered in Thefts of Texas Shelter Dogs
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 breaking into Laredo Animal Protective Society and stealing money, computers and dogs.
News reports give the following account: On Sunday at about 4 a.m., a person or persons broke into the Laredo Animal Protective Society and stole about $1,200, including donations, several computers and three dogs. IPods and a scale used to weigh animals were also stolen. Among the dogs taken was a 3-month-old pit bull who has a neurological condition that requires veterinary supervision. The white puppy is also missing fur on her tail.
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.
"We have no tolerance for those who steal from organizations like LAPS that take on the critical task of rescuing animals in the community," said Ashley Mauceri, The HSUS' deputy campaign manager of animal cruelty issues. "Stealing dogs and taking funding from a nonprofit is shameful, and those responsible for this crime need to be held accountable."
The Laredo Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Robert Peralta at 956-237-4827.
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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