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June 22, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Gwinnett County, Ga., Swan Shootings

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­shooting and killing two swans in Gwinnett County, Ga.

The Case: The Gwinnett County Police Department gives the following account: On June 9, at about 2:30 p.m., Gwinnett County Police Department and Animal Control officers found two dead swans at 5020 Winding Rose Drive in Suwanee. Both had been shot multiple times. Police received a nearly identical complaint on Feb. 2 involving two other swans who had been shot and killed.

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.

“Gwinnett County law enforcement is concerned about the continued shooting of swans in their community, and we agree that it’s a problem that needs to be resolved. We hope that by offering a reward, we can help put an end to this senseless abuse,” said Jessica DuBois, The HSUS’ Georgia state director.

The Investigators: The Gwinnett County Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 770-513-5000.

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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