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July 22, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Case of Calif. Horse Cruelty, Abandonment

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of as much as $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the those responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­dumping an emaciated 20-year old female horse in the street near Hollydale Park in Los Angeles sometime last night or early this morning.

The Case:

According to responding officers with the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority, the horse was found early this morning in the 5400 block of Gardendale Street in South Gate. SEACCA officers found the horse lying motionless on her side and immediately called for a veterinarian and emergency transportation.

One local resident reported seeing a dark-colored SUV pulling a light-colored horse trailer stopped in the area at about 11:45 p.m. She did not think anything of the vehicle's presence at the time, but SEAACA officers are now interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen this vehicle, or to anyone who may know where this horse came from.

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.

"Those who abuse animals can be dangerous to people," said Jennifer Fearing, senior state director for The HSUS in California. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."

The Investigators:

Officer Denise Woodside with SEACCA is the case officer. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Officer Woodside at 562-803-3301, extension 229.  

Resources:

The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign increases 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 a journalists' animal cruelty resource guide, which includes information about statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to: humanesociety.org/crueltyresources.

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