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August 9, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Lansing, Mich., Dog Mutilation 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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the stabbing, beating and killing of a dog in Lansing, Mich.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On July 29, a bag containing the body of a small dog was found on a curb in the 3100 block of Reo Road in southwest Lansing. The 10-pound, black Chihuahua-terrier mix inside the bag had multiple stab wounds, broken bones and a slit throat. The dog was wearing a red body harness, but did not have any tags or identification. According to authorities, no one has reported the dog missing.

“This is one of the most disturbing cases we have ever investigated,” said Jamie McAloon-Lampman, director of Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter. “The person responsible for this act should be considered dangerous.”

“Michigan has very strong laws against animal cruelty, demonstrating that its citizens have no tolerance for such a vicious act,” said Jill Fritz, Michigan state director for The HSUS. “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about who tortured and killed this defenseless little dog.”

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 HSUS is contributing $2,500 to existing reward offers from private concerned citizens and Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter, bringing the total to $3,400.

The Investigators: Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter is investigating the case. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the shelter at (517) 676-8370 or their anonymous tip line at (517) 676-8376.

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, go to humanesociety.org.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 240-751-3943, stwining@humanesociety.org

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