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The HSUS Offers Reward in Cross Lanes, W.Va., Dog Shooting

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­shooting a dog with a bow and arrow in Cross Lanes, W.Va., on Oct. 20.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: A stray dog who had been adopted by a Cross Lanes neighborhood was found badly wounded on Oct. 20 by one of her caregivers. Named Olivia by the community, the dog was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment, but her injuries were too severe, and she had to be euthanized. The veterinarian determined Olivia had been shot with a bow and arrow.

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.

“Those who abuse animals can hurt people, too. This particular act of animal abuse is reprehensible and cannot be tolerated,” said Summer Wyatt, The HSUS’ West Virginia state director. “We hope our reward helps bring justice for Olivia and her caretakers.”

The Investigators:

Kanawha County Animal Control is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 304-342-1576.


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.