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January 8, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Luzerne County, Pa. Dog's Shooting Death

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 the shooting death of Buddy, a collie, in his Slocum Township, Pa. back yard.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On Sunday, Bruno Andrews found his dog, Buddy, dead, lying in his Grosz Road back yard. A local veterinarian who examined Buddy said the dog died from gunshot wounds. The attack occured while Andrews was visiting his mother in a nursing home, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The perpetrator had also cut telephone and utility wires and destroyed Andrews' mailbox.

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.

"This horrible attack on Buddy is inexcusable, and his assailant must be brought to justice--for his family's closure, and for the community's protection. Those who abuse animals can be dangerous to people," said Sarah Speed, The HSUS' Pennsylvania state director.

The Investigators:

Pennsylvania State Police in Shickshinny are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 570-542-4117.

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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