January 9, 2012
Reward Offered in Henderson County, Ky., Dog Abuse 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 abusing a dog found in Henderson County, Ky. If the information investigation results in a conviction on dogfighting charges, the reward will be raised to $5,000, The HSUS’ standard reward for dogfighting information.
The Case: The Humane Society of Henderson County gives the following account: On New Year’s Day, Chief Animal Control Officer Jason King found three malnourished dogs and an abused pit bull after receiving a call reporting dogs running in traffic in the area of Green River Road No. 1, near the garbage dump. The male pit bull, who is now named Sammy, was suffering from injuries authorities believe are consistent with dogfighting.
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.
“The abuse this dog endured is horrific,” said Pamela Rogers, Kentucky state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of this horrible crime and send a message that dogfighting will not be tolerated in our state.”
The Investigators: The Humane Society of Henderson County is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Joshua Cromer, Humane Society of Henderson County director, or Jason King, chief animal control officer, at 270-826-8966.
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, click here.
Media Contact: Pepper Van Tassell: 240-751-0232; firstname.lastname@example.org