June 27, 2011
Reward Offered in Daviess County, Ky., Dog Shooting
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 shooting and severely injuring a dog in Daviess County, Ky.
The Case: Daviess County Animal Control gives the following account: On June 21, Daviess County Animal Control officers dispatched to the area of Popular Log Bridge Road found an adult, male border collie who had been shot in the face. The gunshot had broken his jaw and caused other severe injuries. The dog--now named Shamrock--was transported from Owensboro to Louisville where the Shamrock Arrow Fund has assumed responsibility of his medical care. He was in critical condition and is receiving treatment at Louisville Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Services.
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 beautiful animal has endured extreme and unnecessary suffering,” said Pamela Rogers, Kentucky state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We hope our reward helps bring justice in this horrible case.”
The Investigators: The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Capt. Bill Thompson at 270-685-6131
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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