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January 13, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Shooting of Iowa Beagle

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 a beagle near Charles City, Iowa.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On Dec. 18, a man traveling outside Charles City found a badly injured beagle lying in the road, and took her to the Humane Society of North Iowa in Mason City for help. Staff there determined the beagle sustained gunshot wounds to her face and leg, and was likely thrown from a moving vehicle. Doctors had to amputate the injured leg due to the severity of the wound. The dog — now named Hope — is recovering at a foster home and is expected to survive.

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.

"Whoever shot this defenseless beagle and dumped her needs to be held accountable for this heinous act of violence. Animals deserve justice, too," said Carol Griglione, The HSUS' Iowa state director.

The Investigators:

The Floyd County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Deputy Dan Assink at 641-228-1821.

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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