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November 17, 2011

Reward Offered in Osage Beach, Mo., Dog Abandonment 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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­abandoning four small dogs overnight Thursday in Osage Beach, Mo. The $2,500 reward is in addition to a $250 reward offered by Dogwood Animal Shelter, raising the total reward offered in this case to $2,750. 

The Case: The Dogwood Animal Shelter gives the following account: Between 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 and 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 10, four severely neglected dogs locked in two crates were dropped off at the gate of Dogwood Animal Shelter, at 1075 Runabout Drive in Osage Beach. The dogs, who range in age from 1 year to 3 years old, were locked in a cat carrier and a medium dog carrier. All were nearly hairless and were suffering from serious infections on their skin and paws. The temperature outside the shelter was about 25 degrees that night. Officials believe that the dogs were raised at a puppy mill.

“There is no excuse for mistreating dogs and then dropping them off like trash. It is heartbreakingly cruel and also a crime,” said Ronnie Jacobsen, director of Dogwood Animal Shelter. “We’re busy caring for the dogs now, tending to their skin infections and sores on the bottoms of their feet, and working to get them socialized. Hopefully, they will make a full recovery and we will be able to find loving homes for these sweet little dogs.”

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 breaks my heart that these hairless dogs were not only neglected, but were left to freeze overnight,” said Barbara Schmitz, The Humane Society of the United States’ Missouri state director. “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward someone with information that will lead to a conviction in this crime."

The Investigators: The Camden County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff's Department's Animal Control at (573) 836-2244 or the Dogwood Animal Shelter at (573) 348-4411.

Resources: The Humane Society of the United States’ 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 Humane Society of the United States 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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