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March 21, 2012

The HSUS Offers Reward in Ohio 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 “Ace,” a three-year-old Coton de Tuléar dog who was shot in Clearcreek Township, Ohio.

The Case:  Ace was enjoying his first day at his new home when he slipped out of his collar while walking in the Greenleaf Village subdivision. A search for Ace was led by Puppy Pals Rescue, a local animal rescue group, and concerned members of the community. Tragically, Ace’s body was later found at the Sycamore Country Club. His death appears to be the result of a .22 caliber gunshot wound.

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 other crimes such as narcotics, firearms violations, battery and sexual assault.

“It takes a truly callous person to shoot an innocent, defenseless dog like Ace,” said Karen Minton, Ohio state director for The HSUS. “We are hopeful that this reward will urge anyone with information about this heinous crime to step forward and talk to the police.”

The Clearcreek Township Police are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (800) 824-5124.

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.

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Media Contact: Jordan Crump, 301-548-7793, jcrump@humanesociety.org

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