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May 23, 2012

Reward Offered in North Carolina Dog Neglect 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 the neglect and abandonment of a dog in Vance County, N.C.

The Case: Alex Hargrove, the director of Vance County Animal Services gives the following account: On the morning of May 22, a female pit bull was found tied to a pole with a telephone cord. The dog was emaciated, dehydrated and covered with mange and sores. The sores are covering the dog’s entire body and the mange is so severe, it’s impossible to tell the color of the 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 citizens of Vance County should be very concerned that someone in their community could so callously neglect and abandon an animal,” said Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS.  “We are hopeful that anyone with information about this thoughtless crime will come forward.”

“It is tragic that someone had this little regard for this dog,” Hargrove said. “Why couldn’t they just tell us there was a problem, rather than abandoning her in this condition? We would have helped.”

The Investigators: The Vance County Animal Services is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 252-492-3136.

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: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

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