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April 9, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Louisville Pit Bull 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 beating and torturing a pit bull and leaving him to die in an alley. If police determine that the dog sustained dogfighting injuries and charge the perpetrator accordingly—leading to a dogfighting conviction—the reward for information could double.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On March 8, Louisville Metro Police received a call that someone found a young pit bull who had been left to die in an alley off Kentucky Street and Garland. His jaw was dislocated and fractured, he was missing teeth, and parts of his tongue had been removed. The dog was barely alive when police got there, and had to be euthanized. Veterinarians determined the injuries were consistent with dogfighting, but it also looked like someone had beaten him. Officers noted this was the worst case of animal cruelty they had ever seen.

"This is a violent case of animal abuse that caused intense suffering," said Pamela Rogers, The HSUS' Kentucky state director. "Whether this innocent pit bull was injured in a dogfight or at the hands of an animal abuser, we hope our reward will help police find the perpetrator of this horrific act, and that the courts will punish him or her to the fullest extent of the law."

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 Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the anonymous tip line at 502-574-LMPD.

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.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.

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