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September 19, 2011

Reward Offered in Montana Dog Stabbing

The HSUS is offering a reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the stabbing death of a Labrador in Great Falls, Mont.

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 stabbing death of a female black Labrador in Great Falls, Mont.

The Case: According to law enforcement officials, on or about the early morning hours of August 18, a suspect or suspects entered the fenced back yard of a residence on Pineridge Court and lacerated and stabbed the dog with a sharp object until she bled to death.  Police say she was friendly and had not caused any problems in the neighborhood.

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.

“Stabbing a helpless animal to death is a truly heinous act,” said Wendy Hergenraeder, Montana state director for The HSUS. “We hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of this horrible crime.”

The Investigators: The Great Falls Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Animal Control Officer Devin Darby at (406)771-1180 or Crime Stoppers at (406) 727-8477.

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.

Media Contact: Katie Jarl: 301-258-1483; kjarl@humanesociety.org

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