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September 13, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Albany, N.Y., Puppy 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 torture and abandonment of three pit bull-type puppies left to starve on a section of railway tracks in Albany, N.Y. The HSUS reward is in addition to numerous reward offers from the community, raising the total reward offered to about $7,000.

The Case: The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society gives the following account: On Saturday, three 3-week-old puppies were found on railroad tracks in Albany suffering from deliberate injuries to their back left paws; The paw on one puppy had been cut off, the paw on the second puppy was missing two toes, and the paw on the third puppy was found with a gaping hole in it, perhaps from an attempt to place a nail through it. The third puppy died from his wounds earlier this week. It appeared that the dogs had been abandoned for up to two days without food or water.

The surviving puppies are receiving care at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands, N.Y. According to Executive Director Brad Shear, the surviving puppies have a long road ahead, and may need additional surgery before they fully recover.

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.

“Only a depraved and hateful individual would commit such a heinous act of animal abuse,” said Brian Shapiro, The HSUS’ New York state director. “We are hopeful that this reward helps find the parties responsible for mutilating these innocent puppies."

The Investigators: The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is investigating the case with assistance from the Albany County District Attorney’s Office. Shelter officials are asking anyone with information about the case to call them at (518) 434-8128.

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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