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January 30, 2012

The HSUS Offers Reward in Rash of Marion County, Ky., Dog Abandonment Cases, Offers Grant to Overwhelmed Shelter

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 the rash of dog abandonment cases in Marion County, Ky. The HSUS is also offering a $1,000 grant through its Shelters in Crisis program to The Marion County Animal Shelter to offset the cost of caring for the influx of animals.

The Case: The Marion County Animal Shelter gives the following account: In the past 45 days, more than 130 dogs have been dumped in remote areas in Marion County—more than double the rate shelter staff normally sees in the same time frame. Shelter officials believe the dog abandonments are connected; the animals have been dropped off in groups of five to 27. Some of the abandoned dogs were hit by cars and others were found dead. The dogs were found as follows:
• Dec. 12, 2011: Ten dogs were found in the area of Minnie Brown Road and Highway 289
• Dec. 27, 2011: Thirteen dogs were found in the area of Jim Brown Road and Highway 208
• Jan. 3: Nine dogs were found shot in the head in the area of Campbellsville Road/ Highway 55
• Jan. 19: Seven dogs were found in the area of Moore’s Creek Road and Highway 289
• Tuesday: Five dogs were found in the area of Jim Brown Road and Highway 208
• Tuesday: Twenty-seven dogs were found in the area of Campbellsville Road/Highway 55
• Friday: Twelve dogs were found in the area of Moore’s Creek Road and Highway 289

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.
“These dogs have been dropped in very rural areas where they don’t know where they are and have no means of caring for themselves. Some have been killed by cars and others were found dead,” said Pamela Rogers, Kentucky state director of The Humane Society of the United States. “This is not only inhumane, it’s a crime that has seriously taxed the resources of the Marion County Animal Shelter, which is struggling to catch and care for all these animals.”

The Investigators: The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.  Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Sheriff Jimmy Clements at 270-692-3051.

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; pvantassell@humanesociety.org

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