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June 16, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Dog Hanging at Olney, Pa., Playground

Philadelphia officials, educators, law enforcement and animal advocates to hold vigil at Barrett playground for dog

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 hanging a dog on playground equipment in Olney, Pa., on Tuesday.

The Case:
The Pennsylvania SPCA gives the following account: On Tuesday morning, a humane officer found a female, 1-year-old pit bull-mix hanging from playground equipment at the Barrett Playground at 8th and Duncannon Streets in Olney, Pa. The dog was dead.

A vigil for the puppy, who was posthumously named Flora by PSPCA humane officers, will be held Thursday at Barrett Playground, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Organizers hope to send a message to Philadelphians that violence against any creature is not tolerated, and that those who commit violence against animals can be dangerous to people. The HSUS' "End Dogfighting Philadelphia" Coordinator Rebecca Glenn-Dinwoodie will join city officials, social workers, educators and local law enforcement to speak at the vigil.

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.

"Anyone who could hang a puppy like this can be capable of hurting another animal, and even a person," said Sarah Speed, The HSUS' Pennsylvania state director. "We hope our reward helps find this puppy's killer, and bring him or her the punishment they deserve for this horrible crime."

The Investigators:
The Pennsylvania SPCA is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call their toll-free anti-cruelty hotline at 1-866-601-7722.

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. Visit: humanesociety.org/cruelty.

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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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