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The HSUS Offers Reward in Hartford, Iowa, Dog Poisonings

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­poisoning dogs in Hartford, Iowa.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On Aug. 8, a dog named Lucy became ill while playing in her back yard, and was taken to a veterinarian. Lucy died a few days later, and subsequent testing showed the cause was poison. Further investigation by the Warren County Sheriff's Office revealed that three other dogs in Lucy’s neighborhood had also died or became ill suspiciously.

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 capable of poisoning an innocent dog can be dangerous to people,” said Carol Griglione, The HSUS’ Iowa state director. “We hope our reward helps bring justice for the dogs who have been poisoned in this town.”

The Investigators:

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Chief Deputy Mike Morrison at 515-961-1122.


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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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.