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June 1, 2010

Reward Offered in Franklin County, Ky., 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 shooting a male dog in the Frankfort, Ky., area.

The Case:

The Franklin County Humane Society gives the following account: On April 15, Franklin County Animal Control found an emaciated Dalmatian off the side of the road in rural Franklin County. The dog had seriously infected wounds on his face, and was immediately taken to Franklin County Humane Society for treatment. Upon arrival, staffers discovered that the dog had been shot in the face with a gun, possibly a rifle. Shelter staff named the dog Bullet, and shelter officials said he sat calmly as they removed the bullet and cleaned his wounds. Since no owner ever came forward, Bullet was transferred to the care of The Dalmatian Rescue of Southwest Virginia for adoption and follow-up treatment.  A Louisville member of this group now has Bullet in their care. Bullet continues to recover, and the rescue group continues to look for a permanent home for him.  

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.

"This animal suffered terribly," said Pamela Rogers, The HSUS' Kentucky state director. "Given the recent passage of a felony animal cruelty, the person who committed this horrible crime could be in serious legal trouble. We are hopeful that this reward will provide information that will lead to the identity of the person or persons responsible for this inhumane act."

The Investigators:  

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information is urged to call Sheriff Steve Clark at 502-875-8740.

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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