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January 15, 2013

The HSUS Offers Reward in Palm Beach County, Fla., Animal Cruelty 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 burning a dog tethered to a fence in Riviera Beach, Fla. The HSUS reward is in addition to a $2,500 reward offered by RedRover, raising the total reward offered to $7,500.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On Jan. 7, a male dog was intentionally tethered to a chain-link fence, set on fire, and left to burn to death. The crime occurred in a common area near the 1600 block of West 27th Street in Riviera Beach. Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control staff veterinarians determined that the dog was alive when he was set on fire.

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.

“It takes an especially depraved person to set fire to a dog who is chained to a fence with no means of escape,” said Kate MacFall, The HSUS’ Florida state director. “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime."

The Investigators: Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control is investigating. If you have any information regarding this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

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: 301-258-1417; pvantassell@humanesociety.org

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