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Reward Offered in Leonardville, Kan., Dog Thefts and Abuse

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 three dogs and the beating death of two dogs in Leonardville, Kan.

The Case: News reports  give the following account: On Aug. 24, Heath Romine, of Leonardville, reported to police that someone released his three dogs from their kennel behind his residence sometime between 10 p.m. on Aug. 23 and 7 a.m. on Aug. 24. He told a Riley County Police Department officer that one of the dogs returned home and appeared to have been severely beaten. The dog was paralyzed from the apparent attack and was euthanized. Later, one of Romine's other dogs was found dead near a road, also with injuries consistent with a violent beating. His third dog is still missing.

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.

“Beating helpless animals to death is a truly sick and heinous crime,” said Midge Grinstead, Kansas state director for The Humane Society of the United States.  “We are hopeful that this reward will help find the person or persons who committed this horrible act and that they will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Investigators: Anyone with information may contact the Riley County Police Department at (785)537-2112 or Crime-Stoppers at (785)539-7777 or (800)222-TIPS (8477). Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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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