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March 29, 2012

The HSUS Offers Reward in Possible Mississippi Horse 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 possibly ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­abandoning and injuring a horse in Soso, Miss.

The Case: On March 2 the Jones County Sheriff’s Department discovered a red sorrel horse with extensive injuries in a remote area of Jones County on West Brushy Road off of Pleasant Home Road near Hwy 533. The horse, who is now being called Bright Eyes, has deep wounds on his back and girth areas, and stab wounds on his back right leg. Bright Eyes, who is approximately five years old, has a white star on his forehead and white socks on both rear legs and his front right leg. Authorities are seeking the owner of this horse for information regarding his injuries.

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. 

“This horse has been through severe trauma, not only physically but even his spirit will take a long time to heal. Bright Eyes was essentially left to suffer and die on the side of the road and was rescued just in time to save his life,” said Lydia Sattler, Mississippi state director for The HSUS. “It is important to find the person responsible for the possible abandonment and injuries to this horse and hold them accountable for their actions.”

The Investigators: Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Jones County Sheriff’s Department at 601-425-3147.

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

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