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July 13, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Bartlesville, Okla., Animal Cruelty Case

Dog’s throat was slit before he was hit by a car

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ cutting the throat of a pit bull in Bartlesville, Okla.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On Tuesday at 9 a.m., Bartlesville Police Department officers responded to a report that a dog had been hit and killed by a car near the intersection of Adams Boulevard and Bison Road. They discovered that the dog’s throat had been intentionally slit before he was struck by a vehicle. Bartlesville Police Chief Tom Holland said that it was the intentional cutting of the dog’s throat that killed the male pit bull, and not the impact with the car. Holland suspects someone slit the dog’s throat and left him for dead on the outskirts of Bartlesville where he wandered into the road and was then struck.

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 sheer callousness of this crime is unthinkable. To imagine the pain and suffering that this innocent dog endured is enough to make any caring person’s stomach turn,” said Cynthia Armstrong, The HSUS’ Oklahoma state director. “We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this despicable act.”

The Investigators: The Bartlesville Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Officer Rita Harvey at 918-332-6903.

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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