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June 20, 2011

Reward Offered in Florida Cow Strangulation 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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­killing a cow in Enon on May 29. Junior Humane Society/United Humanitarians is also offering a $200 reward.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On May 30, a 6-year-old, brown Jersey cow was found dead. Her owners discovered the animal with twine wrapped around her neck and her horns driven into the ground. Officials suspect she may have been strangled or dragged. Deputies suspect the death could have resulted from a prank gone wrong since school had just ended and the cow’s owner is a school bus driver. The cow was pregnant and due to have a calf any day at the time of her killing. She was a friendly cow kept as a pet by the family.

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.

“Viciously killing a pregnant cow for an apparent prank is an inexcusably cruel crime and anyone who would do that can be capable of hurting people, too,” said Jennifer Hobgood, Florida state director for The Humane Society of the United States.  “We hope our reward helps bring justice in this horrible case.”

The Investigators: The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Investigator Frank Way at (850) 256-6196 or (850) 554-1007.

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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