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The HSUS Offers Reward in Calhoun County, Iowa, Dog Burning 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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­burning a Calhoun County, Iowa, dog named Rocky. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc., is offering an additional $500 reward for information in this case.

The Case:

News reports and police give the following account: Rocky, a fox terrier-rat terrier-mix, escaped from his house on Sept. 28.  Rocky’s family and friends searched for him that day and told the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department that he was missing about 1 a.m. Sept. 29.  Rocky was found that morning on the other side of town with extensive burns on his body.  He was taken to a local veterinarian for care, but died a few days later due to the extent of his injuries. 

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.

“Anyone who could set fire to an innocent dog like Rocky can be dangerous to people,” said Carol Griglione, Iowa state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We hope our reward helps bring justice for Rocky and his family.”

The Investigators:

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Chief Deputy Scott Anderson at 712-297-7583.


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/crueltyresources.


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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization – backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty -- On the web at humanesociety.org.