June 3, 2011
Reward Offered in Clarke County, Ala., Horse Mutilation 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 injuring and mutilating four horses in McVay, Ala.
The Case: Clarke County Sheriff’s Office investigators give the following account: On Monday, a McVay resident discovered that four of his horses had been injured with what appeared to be a sharp instrument. One of the horses lost an eye in the apparent attack and may lose her vision. The injured horses are under veterinary care, and deputies are investigating the incident as animal cruelty.
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 attack horses like this could be dangerous to people, too. We hope our reward helps find those who are responsible for hurting these innocent horses and bring justice in this troubling case,” said Mindy Gilbert, The HSUS’ Alabama state director.
The Investigators: The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information should call the Clarke County Crimewatch hotline, at 251-275-8132.
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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