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Reward Offered in Bridgeport, Conn. Dog Killing

Information sought in killing of Buddy, a rescued pitbull mix in Bridgeport, Conn.

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 killing of Buddy, a rescued pitbull mix, on Harbor Street in Bridgeport on Sept. 19, 2011.

The Case:
News reports give the following account: Police responded around 6:40 p.m. to a call of shots fired and found several area residents in the middle of the street surrounding a black-and-white dog. The dog, Buddy, had sustained two gunshot wounds to his body. The dog was barking at a young man walking by the yard when Buddy left the fenced area. Witnesses have told police that the suspect pulled out a black handgun and shot Buddy twice.

The suspect was described as a black male in his late teens or early 20's, around 6 feet tall, with a thin build, wearing stone-wash black jeans, black plaid shirt, and a black and white hat. The dog's owner, Kayce Gillespie, told The HSUS that Buddy was playing with young kids in the neighborhood and not acting aggressively when he was shot.

Animal Cruelty:
The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented, and recognized by Connecticut’s recent passage of a law that requires agencies to cross report child abuse and animal abuse, an effort spearheaded by Rep. Diana Urban. 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 this crime, and the fact that it was done in very close proximity to two children is especially heartless,” said Annie Hornish, The HSUS’ Connecticut state director. “We hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of this horrible crime.”

The Investigators:
The Bridgeport Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 203-581-5201.

 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.

Media Contact: Jordan Crump: 240-654-2964, jcrump@humanesociety.org

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