May 14, 2010
The HSUS Offers Reward in Salmon, Idaho, Suspicious Dog Deaths
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 the suspicious deaths of 10 dogs in Salmon, Idaho.
The Salmon Police Department gives the following account: Since Jan. 3, 10 dogs have suspiciously died within a four-block radius of Neyman Street in Salmon. Several of the animals have been sent for analysis at specialized Animal Forensic Laboratories, and the dogs appear to have been poisoned. Lemhi County Humane Society has raised $3,000, increasing the total reward offered to $5,500.
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 series of suspicious dog deaths has been devastating to this small community. If indeed these are intentional killings, the person or persons responsible should be arrested and prosecuted so no other dog has to suffer such a cruel death," said Lisa Kauffman, The HSUS' Idaho state director.
The Salmon Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Officer Leah Madsen at 208-756-8980, or the tip line, at 208-756-4636.
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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