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January 4, 2013

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Sacramento, Calif., Puppy 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 alive in Sacramento, Calif. The HSUS reward is in addition to a $2,500 reward offered by RedRover, and a $500 reward from Scooter Pals, raising the total reward offered to $8,000.

The Case: City of Sacramento Animal Care Services gives the following account: On Wednesday, animal control officers found a severely burned puppy in the Del Paso Heights (Calvados Avenue and Oakmont Street) area. Officers concluded that someone poured some type of accelerant on the young, female puppy and set her on fire. She was alive when officers found her, but staff made the decision to euthanize the animal for humane reasons: The degree of injury to this animal was horrific. Investigators feel very strongly that someone in the neighborhood has information that could lead to an arrest and conviction in this case.

“Crimes of this nature have a nexus to a myriad of other criminal acts of violence toward people, not just animals. The residents and animals of this Del Paso Heights neighborhood deserve to be free from this type of activity,” said Gina Knepp, Animal Care Services manager.

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 puppy suffered immensely at the hands of a very callous person. The community deserves answers in this case of animal cruelty, and we hope our reward helps find whoever is responsible for committing this despicable act,” said Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for The Humane Society of the United States.

The Investigators: City of Sacramento Animal Care Services is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Chief Animal Control Officer Daniel Torres at 916-808-5855 or Animal Care Services Manager Gina Knepp at 916-808-8333.

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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