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The HSUS Offers Reward in Theft at Animal Welfare League

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 the theft of two air conditioners at Chicago’s Animal Welfare League. The HSUS has also issued a grant of $2,500 toward replacing the stolen units.

The Case: According to news reports: Sometime before July 1, thieves stole two air conditioning units and copper piping from the roof of the Animal Welfare League leaving more than 100 animals inside to suffer in the summer heat.

“The loss of these air conditioners creates a major hardship for this non-profit shelter and poses a major health risk for the animals as summer temperatures continue to rise,” said Kristen Strawbridge, The HSUS’ Illinois state director. “We hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of this crime and that the grant will ensure that the shelter will not have to divert much needed resources away from the animals in their care.”

The Investigators: The Chicago Police Area 2 Detective Division is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 312-747-8273.


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