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September 14, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Springville, Ala., Dog Torture Case

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a dog in Springville, Ala.

The Case:

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office gives the following account: On Sept. 3, a beloved neighborhood dog who was missing for two weeks was found injured. When residents of Rolling Oaks Estates found Major, they discovered that the dog was severely underweight, had a shattered leg from a gunshot wound and was suffering from several severe lacerations that required surgery. He was treated at Main Street Veterinary Clinic, and is now recovering at home with his owners.

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.

“There is no excuse for hurting a defenseless dog, and we hope our reward helps bring justice for Major and his family,” said Mindy Gilbert, The HSUS’ Alabama state director.
 
The Investigators:

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about this case should call Investigator Randy Walls at (205) 594-2140.
 
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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