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June 26, 2013

Reward Offered in Cudahy 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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­chaining a dog to a cement pier in Cudahy, Wisc., and shooting her multiple times, which resulted in her death.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On Saturday, June 22, a passerby noticed a bloody dog chained to a beach jetty near Sheridan Park. The dog was a young adult female pit bull-type who was chocolate-colored with a white patch on her chest. When the concerned citizen approached, the dog wagged her tail and appeared friendly. A Cudahy police officer responded to the citizen’s call, and the dog was rushed to the emergency room. However, multiple gunshot wounds resulted in severe internal injuries, and she had to be euthanized. It remains unclear if the dog was owned by the people responsible for the shooting or if she belonged to someone else.

“It is heartbreaking to think of the suffering, fear and pain this dog endured while chained up and shot, unable to escape,” said Alyson Bodai, The HSUS's Wisconsin state director. “We hope that this reward will bring forward anyone who recognizes this dog or has any information about this despicable crime.”

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.

The Investigators:  Cudahy Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 414-769-2260.

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: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

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