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November 18, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in East Islip, N.Y., 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 the brutal killing of a dog in East Islip, N.Y., who was found dead on Monday. The reward is being offered in addition to $2,500 previously offered by the Suffolk County SPCA, raising the total offered to $5,000.

The Case:

Investigators and news reports give the following account: The body of a 19-month old dog was found dumped near the railroad tracks in East Islip, about a block away from his home. Named Rocky, the tan pit bull and husky-mix disappeared from his owners’ yard on Oct. 14. Investigators found the injuries on the dog’s body suspicious, and believe Rocky was tortured.

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.

“New Yorkers have no tolerance for such despicable acts of violence against innocent creatures who share our world,” says Patrick Kwan, New York state director for The HSUS. “We hope our reward will help hold whoever tortured and killed Rocky accountable for their cruelty.”  

The Investigators:

The Suffolk County SPCA is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722.

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.

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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.

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