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October 24, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Lincoln County, W.Va., Animal Cruelty 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 shooting and killing six dogs in a secluded area of Lincoln County, W.Va.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On Friday, six dead dogs--all dead from gunshot wounds---were discovered on a mountaintop near Sulfur Springs and Route 3 in Lincoln County. Police found rope marks on one of the dog’s necks, leading police to believe that he had been dragged up the mountain. There was evidence that a rope around his neck had been cut off.

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.

“I can’t imagine what pain these dogs must have suffered at the hands of their abuser or abusers,” said Summer Wyatt, The HSUS’ West Virginia state director. “We hope our reward helps bring justice for these six victims.”

The Investigators: The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 824-7990.

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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