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September 29, 2011

Reward Offered in Illinois Dog Abuse Case

Reports of a dog found with collar deeply embedded in her neck prompt reward offer from The HSUS.

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 abuse and neglect of a dog in Quincy, Ill.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On Sept. 18, a dog wandering near 80th and Ellington Roads in Quincy, Ill., was found with a collar deeply embedded in her skin, causing a severe, open wound on her neck. The German shorthaired pointer named Ginger was also emaciated and covered in fleas. She is now recovering under veterinary care.

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.

“It takes a truly cruel individual to treat a defenseless dog in such a horrific way,” said Kristen Strawbridge, The HSUS’ Illinois state director. “We are hopeful that this reward will help find the person or persons who committed this despicable crime.”

The Investigators: The Adams County Animal Warden is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Officer Jenny Benjamin at 217-277-2145.

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: Pepper Van Tassell: 240-751-0232; pvantassell@humanesociety.org

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