July 1, 2011
Reward Offered in South N.J. Puppy 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 the death of a puppy in Sicklerville, N.J. The HSUS reward is in addition to a $500 reward offered by the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, raising the total reward offered to $3,000.
The Case: The NJSPCA gives the following account: On May 24, NJSPCA officers were called to investigate the discovery of a dead puppy on the side of the road in Sicklerville. The puppy’s collar had been intentionally entangled in the framework of a portable sign, causing strangulation. The NJSPCA believes that the puppy was fixed to the sign by a person and attached in a way that caused the animal’s death. The dog was a 4-month-old female Pekingese named Lilly.
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.
“Tying a defenseless puppy to a sign post and leaving her to slowly die of asphyxiation is distressingly cruel,” said Kathleen Schatzmann, The HSUS’ New Jersey state director. “We hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of this crime.”
The Investigators: The NJSPCA is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 1-800-582-5979.
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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