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July 27, 2011

The HSUS Adds to Reward in SE Washington 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 a dog in SE Washington on Thursday. The HSUS reward is in addition to a $1,000 reward offered by the Washington Humane Society, raising the total reward offered to $3,500.

The Case: Washington Humane Society investigators give the following account: Early Thursday, a tan female dog named Bunny was shot in the 3100 block of Buena Vista Terrace, SE. The dog sustained multiple injuries to her right legs and chest, but is now at home recovering. Her owner is devastated.

“Our hope is that someone who saw this happen or knows who committed this horrific act gives us the information we need to prosecute that person before they harm anyone else,” said Scott Giacoppo, vice president of external affairs for Washington Humane Society. “This person poses a threat to the entire community and needs to be caught.”

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.

“It takes a truly callous person to shoot a gentle dog in the street,” said Adam Parascandola, director of The HSUS’ Animal Cruelty Investigations. “We hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of this horrible crime.”

The Investigators: The Washington Humane Society is investigating all possible leads. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call its Humane Law Enforcement Department at 202-723-5730.

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 information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to humanesociety.org.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org 

 

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