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June 4, 2013

Reward Offered in San Antonio Duck Torture and Killing

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 persons responsible for the brutal attack on a beloved duck along the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas. This is in addition to the existing reward.

The Case: News reports give the following account: San Antonio Animal Care Services is investigating a brutal attack on a duck along the River Walk. The popular duck, who was affectionately known as “George” by River Walk regulars, was usually seen outside The Original Mexican Restaurant. On Wednesday morning, two men beat and strangled the duck. Video surveillance showed the men walking away with the dead duck.

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.

“There is no excuse for viciously attacking and killing defenseless animals like George the duck,” said Katie Jarl, The HSUS’ Texas state director. “We hope our reward helps find the men who committed this despicable crime so that there can be justice for George and all the people who enjoyed his company on the River Walk.”

The Investigators: San Antonio Animal Care Services is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 210-207-6664 or those in San Antonio can dial 311.

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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