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Reward Offered in Douglas County, Ore., Horse Shooting

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 fatal shooting of a young female horse near Yoncalla, Ore.

The Case: The horse’s owner and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office give the following account: The owner of a chestnut filly named Falla heard several shots fired near her home after dark on Wednesday.  On Thursday morning, when Falla failed to show up for her morning feeding, her owner searched for her, and found her lying dead in the pasture, with what appeared to be four bullet wounds to her legs and body.

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 this gentle and beloved equine companion in the dead of night was a vicious and cowardly act,” said Scott Beckstead, senior state director of Oregon for The Humane Society of the United States. “We commend the Douglas County sheriff for taking this crime seriously, and we are hopeful that our reward offer will help bring the person or persons responsible to justice.”

The Investigators: The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.  Anyone with information should call Douglas County Sheriff's Office tipline at (541) 957-2099.

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


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