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January 6, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Harrisburg, Pa. Animal 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 wounding and abandoning a female pit bull, who died from her injuries.

The Case:

The Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area gives the following account: On Dec. 29, 2009, a humane officer, accompanied by local police, found a dead, elderly female pit bull on a walking trail near the Conodoguinet Creek, off Little Run Road in Hampden Township. The brindle-colored dog was entangled in two blue dog jackets and had suffered two broken legs and multiple wounds to her neck and throat. The wounds are consistent with dogfighting, but the nature of her death remains unclear.

After initial media reports, a local jogger came forward and reported he had encountered a man on the trail with multiple dogs that day. The man is described as being being about 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 4 inches tall, with medium blonde hair and round glasses. He is considered a person of interest in the case.

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.

"As research has shown, people who abuse animals are often violent toward people, including their own family members," said Sarah Speed, The HSUS' Pennsylvania state director. "The people of Pennsylvania have no tolerance for violence against the animals who share our world."

The Investigators:  

The Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 717-564-3320, ext. 104.

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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