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October 5, 2011

Reward Offered in Gladstone, Mich., Cat and Dog Shootings

The Humane Society of the United States, with support from the Delta Animal Shelter, 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 a cat and dog in Gladstone, Mich.

The Case: Michigan State Police give the following account: On Aug.13, an 11-year-old cat named Shannie returned to her home in the Westridge Heights Subdivision of Gladstone, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, with an apparent injury. A veterinarian determined that Shannie had sustained a gunshot wound, but was unable to remove the bullet because it was too close to a main artery. Shannie is at home and is still recovering from her injuries. On Sept. 24, Max, a 2-year-old rat terrier, also sustained a gunshot wound and crawled home in the same Gladstone neighborhood. Max was treated at Escanaba Veterinary Clinic in Escanaba, Mich., and the Fox Valley Animal Referral Hospital in Appleton, Wisc., and was later sent home for recovery.

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 defenseless pets is a cruel and intolerable crime,” said Jill Fritz, The HSUS’ Michigan state director. “We hope that this reward will help find the person or persons who committed this despicable act.”

The Investigators: The Michigan State Police, Gladstone Post, is investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call (906) 428-4411. Please state clearly in your call that you are calling with information about the dog and cat shootings in the Westridge Heights Subdivision. 

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.

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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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