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March 31, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Ky. 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 stealing and killing a family dog and then placing his dead body near the owner's property in Shepherdsville, Ky.

The Case:

The Shamrock Foundation in Louisville gives the following account: On March 1, at about 8:30 a.m., a black-and-tan, long-haired miniature dachshund named Limo was discovered missing. His owner, Jimmy Golden, and his family searched extensively for Limo and distributed flyers throughout the area. On March 21, at about 9 a.m., Golden noticed the dead body of a dog in his neighbor's yard. Although Golden had already searched that yard, he decided to look again and discovered that the dead dog was Limo. The dog's hind legs had been duct-taped together. The Goldens contacted The Shamrock Foundation in Louisville to recover the body, and the group is arranging tests to determine Limo's cause of death.    

"Limo didn't deserve to die like this. We hope our reward helps identify the person or persons who committed this horrible crime, and hope Limo's attacker is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the state's new felony animal cruelty law," said Pamela Rogers, The HSUS' Kentucky state director.

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.

The Investigators:

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information is urged to call Assistant Chief Larry Coy at 502-543-1262.

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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