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July 16, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Case of Cruelty to Wild Birds in New Jersey

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 beating and killing 18 Canada geese and wild ducks in Mount Laurel, N.J.

The Case:  

The Mount Laurel Police Department gives the following account: Over the weekend, a large number of dead geese and ducks were discovered in the parking lot of the East Gate Shopping Center on Nixon Drive and in an adjacent retention basin. Approximately 18 geese and ducks were found dead. Many had traumatic injuries, including gunshots to the head that appeared to have been intentionally inflicted. Some birds appeared to have been beaten. The incident occurred sometime between 8 p.m. on July 10 and 8 a.m. on July 11.

Last month, the township of Mount Laurel rounded up and gassed to death 133 Canada geese, despite the wishes of many residents and The HSUS' repeated offers to assist in the design and implementation of a humane program for solving the community's conflicts with Canada geese. 

"The Humane Society of the United States commends The Mount Laurel Police for their tireless work to find those responsible for this serious crime," said Lynsey White Dasher, urban wildlife specialist for The HSUS.

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.

The Investigators:

The Mount Laurel Police Department is investigating this crime. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (856) 234-1414, ext.599.

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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