August 24, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Choctaw, Okla., Cow Killings
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 serial cow killings in Choctaw, Okla.
The Case: The Choctaw Police Department gives the following account: Police believe a series of cow shootings in the Choctaw area are connected, and are asking for the public’s assistance in finding the shooter or shooters. On May 21, two cows were found dead, shot in the head and chest with a small-caliber rifle on NE 36th Street in Choctaw. On July 13, three calves and a mother cow were discovered shot and killed on a neighboring property also located along NE. 36th Street. A necropsy performed by a veterinarian showed that the bullets came from a .22-caliber rifle.
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 person to kill defenseless animals for their amusement,” said Cynthia Armstrong, The HSUS’ Oklahoma state director. “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about these terrible and senseless shootings."
The Investigators: Choctaw police are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Choctaw Police Department Officer Robert Bosse at (405) 769-3821.
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.
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