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Reward Offered in Iowa Dog Shooting

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a mastiff-mix dog and throwing him into the Des Moines River. The HSUS reward is in addition to a $500 reward offering by the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc., raising the total reward offered to $3,000.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On Jan. 27, a group of photographers taking pictures at the Des Moines River noticed a dog struggling to get out of the icy water and rescued him. The photographers called Animal Rescue League’s Des Moines Animal Control for help after discovering that the formerly stray mastiff mix—named Duke by a neighborhood caretaker—sustained a bullet wound to his back and was partially paralyzed. Police believe Duke was shot with a .22-caliber bullet. He remains under the care of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc., which called in veterinarian specialists to further examine the dog's 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.

"Anyone who could hurt a defenseless dog like Duke can be capable of hurting people, too," said Carol Griglione, The HSUS’ Iowa state director. "We hope our reward helps find those responsible for hurting Duke and hold his assailants accountable for this despicable crime."

The Investigators:

Des Moines Police are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call its detective bureau at 515-283-4865.


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.