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July 3, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Pineville, Ky., Dog 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 cutting the tail off of a dog in Pineville, Ky.

The Case: The Bell County Animal Shelter gives the following account: The week of June 18, Bell County Animal Shelter received reports of a dog running loose in the Walls End area of Pineville. The initial witness reported that a dog was walking around with what appeared to be an injured foot, but on a subsequent call a few days later, the witness reported that the dog had a new injury: her tail was cut off at its base. Bell County Animal Shelter officers captured the dog and took her to the shelter on June 22, at which time shelter staff immediately reached out for medical assistance. The golden retriever, yellow Labrador-mix dog, who they estimate is about 4 years old, was transported to Louisville, Ky., by the Shamrock Foundation Arrow Fund. The dog, now named Ellie, has undergone specialized surgery to repair her tail and other serious injuries and is scheduled to have her severely injured leg amputated in the next few days. Ellie will be placed up for adoption at the Shamrock Foundation Arrow Fund after she recovers from her surgeries.

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.

“This dog was horribly abused and faces a long and painful road to recovery,” said Pamela Rogers, Kentucky state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of this horrible crime and that they receive the maximum felony penalty for this despicable act.”

The Investigators: The Bell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Sheriff Bruce Bennett’s office at 606-337-3102.

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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