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November 27, 2012

The HSUS Offers Reward in Wayne County, Miss., Calf Shooting Death

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 needless shooting death of a calf. ­­­­­­­­­­­

The Case: The Mississippi Agricultural Theft Bureau gives the following account: On Nov. 14, a cattle rancher discovered the lifeless body of a calf on his property on the east side of Wayne County, off Dudley Turner Road.  A veterinarian determined that the 9-month-old calf was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head, and the shooting most likely occurred Tuesday night. This animal is the third cow to die under suspicious circumstances on the property in the last 30 days; officials suspect intentional animal cruelty in the deaths of the other two cows.

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.

“We want to help find whoever shot and killed this defenseless calf, and hope that our reward helps find the perpetrator of this heinous crime,” said Lydia Sattler, Mississippi state director for The Humane Society of the United States.

The Investigators: Mississippi Agricultural Theft Bureau Investigator Chris Newman is assigned to the case. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 800-678-2660.

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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