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August 15, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Cleveland, Ohio, Animal Cruelty Case

Police are looking for the person or persons who tied three dogs to railroad tracks

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 three dogs to railroad tracks in Cleveland, Ohio. 

The Case: News reports give the following account: On Friday, a CSX employee found a small dog tied to the railroad tracks and called police. The railroad employee told officials that he also discovered two dogs’ bodies on the railroad tracks near University and Scranton roads in the Tremont area of Cleveland. 

The railroad employee said that he witnessed the surviving dog being tied to the tracks by a man who appeared to take photographs or a video. By the time the employee got to the dog, the train had passed and the man had disappeared. Miraculously, this dog survived. She will be available for adoption after Aug. 17 at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter in Valley View. Police are asking residents to be on the lookout for a man walking dogs near railroad tracks. 

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 horrific death of these dogs is a tragedy and also a serious crime,” said Karen Minton, The HSUS’ Ohio state director. “Ohio remains one of five states with no first-time felony offense for animal cruelty. This crime should raise awareness that Ohio can no longer afford to be one of the weakest states in the nation in punishing these heinous crimes. We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this despicable act.”

The Investigators: The Cleveland Police Department is investigating. Anyone who has information about the crime, or about a man seen walking dogs near the railroad tracks is urged to call (216) 623-5200. 

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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