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April 7, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Baltimore Dog Abuse

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 severely injuring a 1-year-old dog in Baltimore on Easter Sunday.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: The Baltimore Bureau of Animal Control received a call that youths were throwing rocks and bricks at a dog who was tied up in the 3700 block of Greenspring Avenue near Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School. The dog's assailants appeared to be about 12 or 13 years old.

The dog was taken to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter where she was treated for severe injuries. She suffered several wounds to her head, including a swollen snout, and sustained hemorrhages in both eyes, wounds on her paws, and crusted blood in her ears, nostrils and eyes.

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.

"Youth who show signs of aggression and anti-social behavior toward animals can be helped, but there is greater chance of success with earlier intervention," said Mary Lou Randour, Ph.D., a psychologist with The HSUS' Animal Cruelty and Fighting Campaign. "Identification of these juveniles would not only serve the cause of justice, but would make it more likely that they could get the kind of help they need. Without it, there is a good chance they will continue their bad behavior, which will be directed not just toward animals but also toward members of their community."

The Investigators:

The Baltimore City Bureau of Animal Control is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (410) 396-4698.

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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