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August 16, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Westchester County, N.Y. Geese Killings

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 four Canada geese in Cortlandt, N.Y., on Wednesday.

The Case:

The SPCA of Westchester gives the following account: On Wednesday, at about 5:30 p.m., a motorist rammed into a flock of six Canada geese near 103 Allan Street in Cortlandt, N.Y., killing four of them. A witness said the motorist sped up to hit the geese and laughed as the birds were struck. The witness described the car as a blue or green Honda Civic. A month ago, another goose was killed by a vehicle in the same area. Witnesses said that that motorist also deliberately drove into a group of geese. Investigators have no information that the cases are related.

Chief Ken Ross of the SPCA of Westchester's Humane Law Enforcement Division said, "This appears to have been a purposeful act intended to cause physical pain and even kill the geese. All animals are protected by New York State law against this sort of animal cruelty. Reckless acts like these not only affect animals, but can quickly spiral out of control and affect people, especially children."

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.

"We are turning to the good people of Westchester to help solve this latest act of cruelty in the community," said Patrick Kwan, New York state director for The HSUS. "People who are cruel to animals rarely stop there and can hurt another animal, or even a person."

Canada geese are protected by both state and federal laws. It is a violation of New York State anti-cruelty law and the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act to harm and/or kill them.

The Investigators:

The SPCA of Westchester Humane Law Enforcement Division is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (914) 941-7797.

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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