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Reward Offered in Michigan Dog 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 shooting death of a dog in Standish, Mich.

The Case: Rob Rezler gives the following account: On Dec. 27, 2011, Haley, a 7-year-old golden retriever/cocker spaniel mix, ran off while playing ball with her guardian, Rob Rezler. Two days later, Rezler found Haley’s dead body on Highway 23 in Standish. The dog sustained apparent close-range gunshot wounds above an eye and to a back leg. Rezler wonders who would want to harm the playful and friendly dog who was his faithful hunting companion.

“Haley was my little buddy; she was my partner,” he said. “She was a good little dog, always smiling, rolling around and having a good time with me. I loved her.”

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 citizens of Standish should be very concerned that someone in their community could callously shoot such a gentle dog,” said Jill Fritz, Michigan state director for The Humane Society of the United States.  “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this thoughtless crime.”

The Investigators: The Arenac County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 989-846-3002.

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.


Media Contact: Pepper Van Tassell: 240-751-0232; pvantassell@humanesociety.org

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