March 1, 2010
The HSUS Offers Reward in Grayson County Animal Shelter Break-In
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 responsible for breaking into the Grayson County Humane Society's animal shelter, resulting in the death of two cats and the serious injury of one dog.
The Leitchfield Police Department gives the following account: Overnight Feb. 24, someone broke into the Grayson County Humane Society's animal shelter in Leitchfield, Ky. A shelter dog was taken from her housing unit and was barricaded in an office, and two cat cages were opened and overturned there, causing the cats to be attacked and killed by the dog. The gruesome discovery was made by a city employee arriving for work. The alleged burglar also took an undetermined amount of cash and checks.
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 incident is a tragedy, not only for the animal victims, but for the hard-working shelter staff trying to do the best for the animals in their community,' said Pamela Rogers, The HSUS' Kentucky state director. "We hope our reward helps identify the perpetrator of this cruel crime so he or she can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law"
The Leitchfield Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information is urged to call 270-259-3850 during regular business hours and 270-259-3131 overnight and on weekends.
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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