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March 29, 2013

Reward Offered in Milwaukee Puppy’s Death

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 beating and stabbing to death a family’s pet.

The Case: On Thursday, March 21, near 35th Street and Lapham in Milwaukee, witnesses reported seeing two men beating a puppy, named Capone. The men fled the scene and are still at large. The puppy was also stabbed, and a trail of bloody paw prints led to a neighbor’s home where it is believed the dog ran to find shelter. The injuries were so horrific that a local TV station was unable to show most of the photos. Capone was rushed to the veterinarian for emergency surgery, but he bled to death before he could be saved.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents 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 brutal attack and the violent death that this puppy suffered is heartbreaking and of great concern,” said Alyson Bodai, The HSUS’ Wisconsin state director. “We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this violent act.”

The Investigators: Milwaukee Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Milwaukee Police Department’s District 2, at (414) 935-7222.

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: Stephanie Twining, 240-751-3943, stwining@humanesociety.org

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