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July 1, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Troy, N.Y., Dog’s Death

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 killing a dog and leaving her body at Poestenkill Gorge in Troy, N.Y.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On Monday, a hiker at Poestenkill Gorge, a popular local swimming hole, reported discovering the dead body of an adult female pit bull. The responding Troy Animal Control officer discovered that the dog was wearing a 12-pound weight-collar, which is commonly used by animal fighters to build neck-strength in dogs used for fighting. Investigators believe the pit bull's body was at the gorge for at least one week. A necropsy is underway to determine her cause of death.

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.

"People who are cruel to animals rarely stop there and can hurt another animal, and even a person," said Patrick Kwan, The HSUS' New York state director. "Whoever caused the death of this dog must be held accountable."

The Investigators:

The Troy Police Department and Troy Animal Control Officer Kevin McDonough are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 518-270-4426.

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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