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March 19, 2013

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Wagoner County, Okla., 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 two penned dogs in Wagoner County, Okla.

The Case: The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office gives the following account: On Feb. 10, a Wagoner County resident reported that his home had been burglarized and his two dogs--who were outside in pens–were shot. Gas generators, fishing poles and paintings were among items reported stolen. 

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.

“We hope our reward helps find whoever is responsible for shooting these innocent dogs who were penned at the time of the reported burglary, and posed no threat to any intruder,” said Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director for The Humane Society of the United States.

The Investigators: The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Wagoner County Tip line at 918-485-7799.

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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