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August 22, 2012

The HSUS Offers Reward in Attica, Ind., Shelter Break-in

One cat, one kitten died and two dogs suffered injuries when placed in cages together during break-in

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­breaking into Paws’n’Claws Animal Shelter in Attica, Ind.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On Aug. 9, a person or persons broke into Paws’n’Claws Animal Shelter and placed two friendly dogs in a cramped cage together, presumably to entice a fight. The person or persons also threw a cat into the cage with the two dogs, and threw a kitten into another cage with a dog and her puppies. When shelter staff arrived to work that morning, they found a dead cat inside the cage with the two dogs, who were suffering from gashes and covered in blood. The kitten who was thrown into the cage with the mother dog and her puppies was also found dead.

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.

“It takes a truly callous individual to break into a shelter and instigate fights between homeless dogs and cats,” said Anne Sterling, Indiana state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime.”

The Investigators: The Attica Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (765) 762-2449.

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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