June 4, 2010
The HSUS Offers Reward in Polk County, Iowa, Animal 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 putting a litter of kittens in a garbage bag and throwing them out with their trash. Only one of the six kittens survived.
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc., gives the following account: After midnight on Wednesday, Polk County Animal Control received a call from Waste Management employees who reported that a bag had been found containing kittens that someone had put out with their trash. Six kittens were inside the bag, but only one was alive. The workers at Waste Management quickly rescued the kitten, gave her a bath and called Polk County Animal Control to pick her up. The kitten, now named Alley, is being cared for by the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and will go into a foster home with two other kittens until she can be nursed back to health.
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 dumped these defenseless kittens should be held accountable for this callous act. We are happy to hear that Alley is doing well, but we demand that Alley and her littermates get justice for the horrible experience they endured," said Carol Griglione, Iowa state director for The HSUS.
The Polk County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff's Communication Center at 515-286-3333.
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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