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October 4, 2012

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

Calf was burned alive at farm

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 burning a calf alive.

The Case: News reports give the following account: A calf was burned alive on a Lisbon farm sometime on Friday. The farm owner, Edward Sabol, discovered the dead calf on Saturday while taking count of his cattle. A local veterinarian confirmed that an accelerant was thrown onto the calf before he was set ablaze. 

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 torture of this poor calf is a serious crime,” said Karen Minton, The HSUS’ Ohio state director. “Ohio remains one of three 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: Anyone with information should contact the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office at (330) 424-1104. 

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: Pepper Van Tassell: 240-751-0232; pvantassell@humanesociety.org

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