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October 16, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward for Information in Northstar Attack

Crawford County, Pennsylvania, horse set ablaze

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 using an accelerant to set a horse on fire in Crawford County, Pa.

The Case: Pennsylvania State Police give the following account: On Sunday, Aug. 26, Jessie Woodworth discovered her horse, Northstar, hiding in the woods off a pasture on Athens Road in Bloomfield Township in Crawford County. She found that Northstar---a 6-year-old paint horse—had sustained burns over 70 percent of his body and was in intense pain. The horse was immediately transported to Ohio State University Veterinary School for treatment. A veterinary examination concluded that someone had used accelerant to intentionally set the horse 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 attack on Northstar was malicious, and we can’t let this cruelty go unpunished. Our community must come together to stop, report and prosecute these terrible acts, and we hope our reward helps find Northstar’s attacker,” said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The Humane Society of the United States.

The Investigators: Pennsylvania State Police are investigating this case. Anyone with information is asked to call (814) 663-2043 or toll-free at (800) 922-1975.

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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