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May 12, 2011

The HSUS Offers Reward in Danville, Va., Puppy and Kitten Abandonment Cases

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­two separate incidents of animal cruelty occurring in Danville, Va. The reward is in addition to a $500 reward offered by the Danville Area Humane Society, raising the total reward offered to $3,000 in each case.

The Case: The Danville Area Humane Society gives the following account: On Tuesday afternoon, three 4-week-old gray tabby kittens were found inside a paper bag twisted closed on the side of the road in the Bryant Avenue area of Danville.  A local citizen found them and took them to the shelter, where they are recovering.

 On Tuesday evening, in a separate incident, The Danville Police Department was called to the Purdum Woods complex after someone discovered a 4-month-old puppy in a dumpster. The female puppy is withdrawn, but is eating and drinking well.

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.

“Whoever abandoned these innocent animals must be held accountable, and we hope our reward helps find those responsible,” said Laura Donahue, Virginia state director for The Humane Society of the United States. 

“We are so grateful to The Humane Society of the United States for increasing the reward,” adds Paulette Dean, director of the Danville Area Humane Society. “Abandonment of animals, as well as neglect, is an ongoing problem in this area. We remain committed to doing everything in our power to help the animals and urge everyone to call us with complaints of suspected neglect or abandonment."

The Investigators: The Danville Area Humane Society is investigating. Anyone with information about the cases is asked to call 434-799-5306. Callers may remain anonymous.

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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