January 19, 2010
The HSUS Offers Reward in Mississippi Goat Shooting 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 shooting and killing a pregnant goat in Wesson, Miss.
The Copiah County Sheriff's Office and the goat's owner give the following account: A pregnant goat was found shot to death in the early evening hours of Jan. 4 on the outskirts of a 15-acre property in the 1100 block of Warren Lane in Wesson, Miss. Officers believe the goat was shot late Sunday or early Monday. There are also horses and chickens on the property. According to the goat's owner, Randy Costilow, six goats have been shot and killed on this property since last year, including the one earlier this month. Among the dead is a kid, who was less than 2 months old at the time of the shooting.
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.
"This defenseless animal was shot to death for no other apparent reason than random violence, and we are offering a reward to help catch the killer," said Ashley Mauceri, The HSUS' deputy campaign manager for animal cruelty issues. "Because Mississippi's animal cruelty laws are arguably the weakest in the nation, even the most malicious acts of animal cruelty can only be prosecuted as a misdemeanor. We hope cases like this one encourage Mississippi lawmakers to finally enact meaningful penalties for intentional cruelty to animals."
The Copiah County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Investigator Spell at 601-892-2023.
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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