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Reward Offered in Montpelier, Vt., Fatal Horse 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 the shooting death of a 31-year-old horse in Montpelier, Vt.

The Case: News reports give the following account: At about 10 p.m. Tuesday, Kagan, a 31-year old Arabian horse belonging to Beverly Lavin, was shot in the head in his East Montpelier pasture. Lavin’s brother, Wayne Mailhotte, who lives at the farm, reported the shooting after discovering Kagan dead in the field. A local veterinarian confirmed that the horse died from a gunshot that shattered his skull.

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 is heartbreaking that Kagan’s life was violently cut short after 31 happy years,” said Joanne Bourbeau, Vermont senior state director for The Humane Society of the United States.  “We hope this reward will help police find whoever is responsible for this heinous crime.”

The Investigators: Vermont State Police Trooper Richie Conlon is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 802-229-9191.

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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