November 19, 2010
The HSUS Offers Reward in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Poodle Abandonment and Neglect 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 the extreme neglect and abandonment of Princess, an elderly toy poodle.
News reports give the following account: Employees at The Idaho Falls Shelter were stunned when they opened the door of their drop box and found a matted and feces-covered poodle on Nov. 8. Named Princess by shelter staff, the small dog's hair was so extremely matted that some of it formed like dreadlocks, measuring 24-inches long. Matted hair over her eyes prevented her from seeing properly, and matted hair on her body prevented her from walking normally. The matting was left untreated for so long, she will probably have a limp for the rest of her life. Her teeth are so rotten that the few she has left need to be removed. She has been shaved and has received veterinary care, and remains in the shelter's custody.
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.
“Whoever neglected Princess should be held accountable for this crime against her,” said Lisa Kauffman, The HSUS' Idaho state director. “A dog doesn’t get in this condition overnight, over a few weeks or even a few months; Princess was neglected for years. If you have a pet that you can no longer care for or don’t want, call your local rescue group or animal shelter so they can help find them a new home — it's the right and humane thing to do.”
The Idaho Falls Shelter is working with the Idaho Falls Police Department to find out who is responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call the shelter at (208) 612-8671.
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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