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August 10, 2011

The HSUS Adds to Reward in Rogers County, Okla., Cow Shootings

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 cows with arrows in Rogers County, Okla. The reward is in addition to a $1,000 reward offered by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, raising the total reward offered to $3,500.

The Case: News reports give the following account: Five cows worth an estimated $19,000 were shot with arrows and killed early Tuesday at two ranches in Rogers County. Three other cows were also shot and suffered injuries. Authorities believe those shootings occurred at day break, at ranches near county roads EW 400 and NS 407 and State Highway 88.

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.

“There is no excuse for wounding or killing defenseless animals like these cows in Rogers County and it takes an extremely callous person to engage in such a cruel act,” said Cynthia Armstrong, The HSUS’ Oklahoma state director. “We hope our reward will help find the person or persons responsible for this horrible crime.”

The Investigators: The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office  is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Deputy Jerry Smittle at (405) 341-3620.

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. Pepper Ballard: 240-751-0232; pballard@humanesociety.org.

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