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January 13, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Oregon Cruelty 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 tying up an 8-month-old pug puppy, wrapping him inside a trash bag and dumping him along Deschutes Market Road, in Deschutes County.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On Jan. 4, a small black pug was found tied up, inside a white trash bag along Deschutes Market Road, northeast of Bend, near the Boonesborough subdivision. The nearly unconscious puppy was covered in urine and feces and was lethargic. He was taken to the Humane Society of Central Oregon where he was treated for the effects of near-suffocation. The puppy, who is now named Bob, has a new loving home thanks to a good Samaritan and the Humane Society of Central Oregon.

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.

"The torture Bob endured is unacceptable, and the person or persons who bound him and left him to die must be held accountable. Anyone capable of hurting a puppy like this can be dangerous to people," said Kelly Peterson, The HSUS' vice president of field services.

The Investigators:

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 541-.693-6911.

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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