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November 15, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Detroit Animal Cruelty 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 setting a dog on fire in Detroit on Halloween. The reward is being offered in addition to rewards from the Michigan Humane Society and other organizations and individuals, raising the total offered to $10,000.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: A brindle pit bull and German shepherd-mix named Lady was found engulfed in flames in the 15700 block of Dexter. Lady was taken to the Michigan Humane Society’s Detroit Center for Animal Care for treatment. As her condition worsened, the owner made the decision to surrender her to the shelter. Lady continues to receive treatment for her severe injuries.

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.

“It’s difficult to imagine how much suffering this dog has endured because of this callous act,” said Jill Fritz, The HSUS’ Michigan state director. “Michiganians have no tolerance for such despicable acts of violence against the innocent creatures who share our world.”

The Investigators:

Michigan Humane Society’s Cruelty Investigation Department is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call its Cruelty Investigation Hotline at 313-872-3401.

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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