March 11, 2011
Reward Offered in Lowell, Ind., 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 starving a female pit bull to death and discarding her body along a Lowell, Ind., road.
The Case: The Lake County Sheriff’s Department gives the following account: On Wednesday, deputies responding to a report of a discarded animal in the 10900 block of West 245th Avenue found a dead dog wrapped in clear plastic garbage bags on the road. The dog, a tan-and-white female pit bull, was examined at the Lake County Animal Shelter where veterinarians determined that she was extremely emaciated and appeared to have been starved to death. The dog was wearing a wide, black-nylon collar with a padlock attached.
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 poor dog was apparently neglected to the point of starving to death and then discarded like trash,” said Anne Sterling, The HSUS' Indiana state director. “We hope our reward helps find the persons responsible for this despicable act, and bring justice for this innocent animal.”
The Investigators: The Lake County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s anonymous tip line at 800-750-2746 or Detective Michelle Weaver at 219-755-3346.
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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