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December 7, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in McKenzie County, N.D., Horse Shootings

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­senselessly shooting and killing three horses in McKenzie County, N.D.

The Case: The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department gives the following account: Three horses were shot over the weekend while grazing in their pasture. One horse was shot in the back of the head, one was shot multiple times and one was shot in her hindquarters and bled out.

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.

“This is such a horrible situation. To find that your horses have been killed is an absolute tragedy. Crimes like these are why North Dakota needs a stronger animal cruelty law, and we look forward to the day when North Dakota joins the rest of the nation in treating malicious animal cruelty as the very serious crime that it is,” said Karen Thunshelle, North Dakota state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We are hopeful that this reward will help bring forward anyone with information about these terrible killings.”

The Investigators: The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 701-444-3654 or 701-444-3656.

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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