September 7, 2010
The HSUS Offers Reward in Clark County, Ky., Dog Dragging Case
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 dragging a dog behind a vehicle in Clark County, Ky., resulting in the pit bull's death.
The Clark County Animal Shelter gives the following account: On Friday morning, a Clark County resident reported finding a seriously injured dog in their barn. The Clark County Animal Shelter director responded immediately and rushed the dog to the veterinarian, but the dog died shortly after his arrival at the veterinarian’s office. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigated the matter and discovered that the dog had been dragged behind a car for more than a mile—from an elementary school to a home on Calloway White Road, where his body was left in the street. In spite of his broken bones and other horrific injuries, the pit bull apparently crawled from the road to seek refuge in the barn.
“This dog suffered horrific pain and a needless death, and anyone responsible for intentionally dragging a dog behind a car should be prosecuted,” said Pamela Rogers, The HSUS’ Kentucky state director. “Thankfully, the penalty for such a crime against animals is now a felony in Kentucky and I hope our reward helps find this dog’s assailants, and bring justice in this case.”
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 Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Sheriff Berl Perdue or Detective Brian Caudill at 859-744-4390.
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.
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