May 2, 2011
The HSUS & Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust Offer Reward in Waterloo, Iowa, Opossum Cruelty Case
The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a trapped opossum in Waterloo, Iowa.
The Case: The Waterloo Police Department gives the following account: On April 24, a pregnant opossum was found caught in a trap with five gunshot wounds to her face within the city limits of Waterloo. A local veterinarian removed four of the five pellets lodged in her face, and she is now recovering at a local wildlife rehabilitator’s home. She is nursing her babies, and they are expected to crawl out of her pouch in about a month.
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 harm an innocent creature like this is capable of hurting people, too,” said Carol Griglione, Iowa state director for The HSUS. “We hope our reward helps find those who are responsible for this senseless crime.”
The Investigators: The Waterloo Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (319) 291-4333.
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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