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February 22, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Spokane Dog Poisonings

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­poisoning dogs in Spokane, Wash.

The Case:

Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) gives the following account: SCRAPS is investigating the deaths of three dogs who were found on the South Hill at two different locations. The dogs might have been poisoned and their deaths are considered suspicious.

On Friday morning, a woman reported to SCRAPS that she saw one of her dogs eating what appeared to be meatballs, and, about 30 minutes later, her dog started having convulsions. She immediately took him to the Pet Emergency Clinic where he later died.

The incident occurred on her property near Regal and the Palouse Highway, and was the second suspected poisoning in the South Hill vicinity that day. Two other residents have reported their dogs have died in the vicinity of 55th and Freya. 

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.

"Anyone capable of poisoning innocent dogs can be dangerous to people," said Dan Paul, Washington state director for The Humane Society of the United States. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."

The Investigators:

SCRAPS is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 509-477-2761.

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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