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February 13, 2012

The HSUS Offers Reward in Linthicum, Md., 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 abandoning a suspected fighting dog in Linthicum, Md. If law enforcement officials determine that the dog sustained dogfighting injuries and charge the perpetrator accordingly—leading to a dogfighting conviction—the reward for information could double.

The Case: Anne Arundel County Animal Control gives the following account: On Feb. 2, Animal Control responded to the 600 block of Andover Road in Linthicum for a report of an injured pit bull. Officers found a dog with critical injuries and officers took him back to the shelter. The dog was in severe pain and had difficulty moving around, but still sought affection from the staff members, who analyzed the extent of his injuries and quickly determined that he was in need of either humane euthanasia to stop his suffering or immediate veterinary attention. After examining the dog’s injuries, Animal Control and Waugh Chapel Animal Hospital staff confirmed that the injuries are consistent with dogfighting. The dog has been named Rocky Road due to the pain he has endured. The investigation is ongoing. The HSUS offers a standard $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a person or persons involved in dogfighting.

“Rocky’s injuries were severe, and he clearly suffered terribly,” said Ashley Mauceri, deputy manager of Cruelty Investigations for The Humane Society of the United States. “We are grateful that he is now in good hands, and hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about what happened to this sweet dog.”

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 Investigators: Anne Arundel County Animal Control is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Field Operations Supervisor Crystal Dowd at 410-222-8900.

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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