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December 13, 2012

The HSUS Offers Reward in Lorain, Ohio, Dog Abuse and Neglect Case

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the extreme neglect and abandonment of a pit bull-type dog in Lorain, Ohio. 

The Case: News reports give the following account: On Dec. 2, a severely neglected dog was found in the 800 block of W. 11th Street. The emaciated dog weighed only 25 pounds when a dog his size should weigh three times that. He was also suffering from a fractured skull and older injuries. Officers believe that the dog had been caged, neglected and deserted. His eyes were severely swollen and forced shut, and he couldn't walk or stand up. The dog has been named Herbie by the Lorain Animal Clinic, which is caring for him.

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 suffering experienced by this poor dog is unconscionable. Herbie was abused and left for dead,” said Karen Minton, The HSUS’ Ohio state director. “This is one of many horrific cases of animal cruelty that occur in our state each year. These crimes 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 is asked to call the Lorain Police Department at (440) 204-2555.

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. The HSUS recently doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from HSUS board member Cathy Kangas and her husband Ed Kangas of New Canaan, Conn. 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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