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March 5, 2013

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Caldwell, Idaho, Dog Shooting

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 shooting a dog in Caldwell, Idaho.

The Case:  The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office gives the following account: On Feb. 15, a wounded Akita dog was found at Rule Steel, off Middleton Road. The female dog had been shot twice, once through her muzzle and once through her abdomen. She was taken to the Canyon County Animal Shelter for treatment. Authorities identified the dog as one who had been reported missing from her home in Oreana. Deputies notified her previous owner, who surrendered the dog to the shelter. The dog, named Katana, is recovering slowly and will be available for adoption once she heals.

“The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office takes animal cruelty cases very seriously,” added Sheriff Kieran Donahue.  “These types of acts and the people responsible for them will be investigated and charged to the fullest extent of the law.  If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 454-7531.”

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 other crimes such as narcotics, firearms violations, battery and sexual assault.

“Shooting a dog and leaving her for dead is heartless, and unforgivable,” said Lisa Kauffman, Idaho state director for The HSUS. “We hope our reward helps find the person responsible for Katana’s suffering.”

The Investigators: The Canyon County Sheriff Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Lt. Donia Ballard at 208-454-7531.

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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