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September 2, 2011

Reward Offered in Targhee National Forest Cattle Shooting Case

The HSUS 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 eight cattle in Idaho.

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 eight cattle, killing six, at Targhee National Forest in Idaho.

The Case: News reports give the following account: Overnight Tuesday, eight cattle were grazing on a Targhee National Forest allotment near a watering hole when they were shot in the heads and necks. Six were killed, and the remaining two were seriously injured and will likely be euthanized. Investigators believe that the shooter or shooters took aim at the cattle from a nearby dirt road. Bullets recovered from the animals' carcasses will be analyzed as part of the investigation. The cows are estimated to be worth about $10,000 to $12,000. 

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.

“Shooting eight innocent cows--including calves--in the heads takes a cruel person, and we hope our reward helps police find him or her,” said Lisa Kauffman, Idaho state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “This is a perfect example of why Idaho needs to pass a state felony animal cruelty law. We need to make sure that people like this are held accountable for their actions. The cows suffered for no good reason and this rancher lost his animals and a lot of money in the process.”

The Investigators: The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Deputy Cody Gudmunson at 208-624-4482.

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 our journalists' animal cruelty resource guide, which includes information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to: humanesociety.org/crueltyresources.

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

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