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March 5, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward for Animal Abuse Discovered at Ky. Car Wash

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 killing multiple animals and concealing their remains at a Frenchburg, Ky. car wash.  

The Case: 

News reports give the following account: On Saturday, Feb. 27 at about 1:30 p.m., a patron at the 460 Car Wash in Frenchburg noticed what appeared to be stuffed animals in a bag in the facility's rafters. Further inspection revealed the remains of six cats who had been shot to death, two possums, a hog's head, a chicken and some unidentified animal bones. 

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.

"These innocent animals were killed and discarded like trash, and deserve justice for the horrific suffering they surely endured," said Pamela Rogers, The HSUS' Kentucky state director. "We hope our reward helps catch their assailant, who is certainly a danger to animals and can pose a serious threat to people."

The Investigators: 

The Menifee County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information is urged to call the dispatch line at 606-768-9046 or Cheif Deputy Richard Franklin at 606-768-3875.

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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