October 15, 2010
The HSUS Offers Reward in Yuma, Ariz. Dog Cruelty Case
YUMA, Ariz. — The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of as much as $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for cutting off a dog’s ears in Yuma.
The Case: News reports give the following account: Hope, a 12-week-old boxer pit bull puppy, was brought into a local shelter earlier this week by an animal control officer. It appears as if her ears have been cut off by a pair of scissors or some other sort of blunt tool. She is also quite skinny and sickly.
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.
“Hope clearly suffered incredible pain, and the citizens of Arizona have no tolerance for this type of vicious cruelty to animals,” said Kari Nienstedt, The HSUS’ Arizona state director. “We are hopeful that our reward will help bring the assailant(s) to justice.”
The Yuma Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Officer Resendiz at (928) 373-4700. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
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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