January 6, 2011
The HSUS Offers Reward In Oklahoma City Puppy Abandonment 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 puppy inside a dumpster, and sealing her inside a cardboard box in Oklahoma City, Okla.
News reports give the following account: On Monday, a Windsor Village Apartments groundskeeper heard a cry coming from a dumpster and followed the sound to a cardboard box sealed with duct tape. Inside, he found a 14-week-old female German shepherd/pit bull-mix puppy covered in her own excrement. Still alive thanks to his quick actions, the puppy was taken to a veterinarian for treatment. Named Cory by her foster family, she will undergo more tests and vaccinations before she is able to be placed up for adoption. Investigators say another puppy was found in that dumpster a month ago, and they worry about the fate of Cory’s litter mates.
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.
“Sealing a puppy in a cardboard box and leaving her for dead is heartbreakingly cruel and also a crime,” said Cynthia Armstrong, The HSUS’ Oklahoma state director. “We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this despicable act.”
Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Officer Tina Miller at (405) 520-3114 or Officer Mike Cronic at (405) 520-3121.
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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