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Reward Offered in Rocky Mount, N.C. Poodle Neglect Case

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­neglecting two poodles found wandering in Rocky Mount.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On Saturday, two poodles with severely matted hair were found walking on River Drive at Minges Street in Sunset Park. Both dogs, now named Charley and Marley, were underweight. The matting of their hair was so severe that dogs were having difficulty walking; their skin was painfully stretched and infected.

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.

“There is no excuse for anyone who allows their animals to get in this condition. This is not responsible care, this is cruelty,” said Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “Animal neglect is a crime and we hope our reward helps identify whoever is responsible for the pain Charley and Marley endured.”

The Investigators: The Rocky Mount Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 977-1111 or crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov or Nash County Animal Shelter at 252-972-1390.

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