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June 23, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Des Moines, Iowa, Bulldog Shooting

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 shooting an English bulldog on Saturday in Des Moines.

The Case: 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office gives the following account: A male English bulldog was found with a gunshot wound in a wooded area at Northwest 26th Street and Interstate 80 at about 6 p.m. on Saturday. The dog was seriously wounded, and had to be euthanized due to the extent of his injuries.

Deputies are interested in speaking with a couple that was seen in the area of the shooting before the dog was found by passersby. The man was described as being about 20 to 30 years old, with dark brown hair, and tattoos on both arms; the woman was also described as being about 20 to 30 years old, with brown hair. The woman was seen sitting in a rusty 1970s or 1980s green Ford or Chevrolet pickup truck parked in close proximity to the wooded area.

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.

"Whoever shot this defenseless bulldog must be held accountable for this horrible crime," said Carol Griglione, The HSUS' Iowa state director.

The Investigators:

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating. If you have information about this case, call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400 or text "PCCS" to crimes (274637).

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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