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July 23, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Prince George’s County Pit Bull Cruelty 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 tying a live pit bull puppy in a garbage bag and leaving him for dead in Upper Marlboro, Md.

The Case: Prince George’s County Animal Services gives the following account: A citizen found a live pit bull puppy inside a tied garbage bag at the intersection of Westphalia and Ritchie Marlboro Roads in Upper Marlboro on Tuesday night and called police. Investigators believe that the small brown dog, now named Hershey, was tossed from a vehicle. Hershey had just managed to free his muzzle from the bag when the citizen stopped. A veterinary examination of the dog showed that he was underweight, and his feet were soaked with urine, presumably due to spending extended periods of time in a crate. Hershey is in foster care through Mutts Matter Rescue in Kensington, Md., and will be placed up for adoption upon his recovery.

For a picture of Hershey, click here.

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.

“Tying a puppy up in a garbage bag and leaving him for dead is heartbreakingly cruel and is also a crime,” said Ashley Mauceri, manager of cruelty investigations for The Humane Society of the United States. “We are hopeful that someone will recognize Hershey and come forward to help find the person or persons who committed this despicable act.”

The Investigators: The Prince George's County Animal Management Division is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (301) 780-7241.

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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