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December 21, 2010

Reward for Information on Abandoned Frederick County, Md., Pit Bulls

The HSUS is offering a reward of up to $2,500

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 abandoning nine neglected pit bull-mix dogs in Frederick County, Md., last week.

The Case:

Frederick County Animal Control gives the following account: On Dec. 14, a dog and eight pit bull-mix puppies were found along Prices Distillery Road, near Md. 75 in Ijamsville. All were malnourished, dehydrated, hypothermic and suffering from severe cases of demodectic mange. The male, adult dog, who is believed to be the puppies’ father, was very weak, and unable to stand or walk without assistance. Investigators suspect the dogs were dumped as an alternative to treating their skin conditions. The animals are now available for adoption through Frederick County.

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.

“Abandoning a dog and his puppies is intolerable, and we are thankful that they will not be spending the holidays suffering, hungry and alone in this cold,” said Ashley Mauceri, The HSUS’ manager of animal cruelty issues.  “We are hopeful that this reward will inspire people with information to do the right thing and contact authorities.”

The Investigators:

Frederick County Animal Control is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 301-600-1544.

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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