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The HSUS Offers Reward in Morrisville, W.Va., 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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­placing a zip-tie around the mouth of a 1-year-old yellow Labrador retriever found wandering Morrisville, W.Va.

The Case:

The Boone County Sheriff's Department gives the following account: On Sunday, a Boone County Sheriff’s deputy responding to a report of animal cruelty found a female yellow Labrador retriever who had a zip tie wrapped tightly around her mouth. The deputy took the dog to a veterinarian, who sedated the animal to remove the zip tie, which had caused damage to her teeth. The dog was examined and treated further by the veterinarian before she was adopted into a new home.

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.

“This 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 this sweet dog and are happy that she has been placed with a family who adores her.”

The Investigators:

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 304-369-7390.


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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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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