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October 5, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Suspected Dog Poisonings in Huron County, Mich.

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­allegedly poisoning seven German shepherds near Bad Axe, Mich.

The Case:

Police and news reports give the following account: On Friday, a Huron County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call reporting the suspected poisoning of seven dogs in Colfax Township. The dogs’ owner reported that seven of their nine German shepherds, including four young dogs and three adults, were very sick. A veterinarian was called to the scene and determined that the seven dogs were in such bad shape that they had to be euthanized. Authorities suspect that an individual or individuals entered the dogs’ unlocked kennel during the day and put antifreeze in the dogs’ water. Samples of the dogs’ blood and the suspected contaminated water were taken for analysis.

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.

“Poisoning is a terribly cruel way to die, which is why deliberately poisoning an animal is a felony crime in Michigan,” said Jill Fritz, The HSUS’ Michigan state director. “The Humane Society of the United States is hopeful that this reward will help find the person(s) responsible for the intense suffering these dogs experienced.”

The Investigators:

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the office at (989) 269-6500 during regular business hours, or call Huron Central Dispatch at (989)269-6421 after regular business hours.

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. 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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