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June 15, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Coatesville, Pa., Dog’s Death

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­asphyxiating and setting fire to a small “Yorkie-poo” named Woogie in Coatesville, Pa.

The Case: Coatesville Police Department Detective Kevin Campbell gives the following account: On Sunday at about 3 a.m., firefighters discovered a dead dog after extinguishing a trash fire in the 300 block of Coates Street. The dog, who was identified as Woogie, had been wrapped in several garbage bags, and was coated with an accelerant. Preliminary necropsy results show that the dog was asphyxiated before being set on fire. Owner Cora Brown said that Woogie went for jaunts around the neighborhood, but always returned within a few hours.

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 way Woogie died was heartbreakingly cruel,” said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this despicable act.”

The Investigators: The Coatesville Police Department and Animal Protective Services are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 610-384-2300.

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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