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July 11, 2013

Reward Offered in Northern Indiana Dog 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 person or people responsible for throwing lit fireworks at a dog on July 6. The dog died after one of the fireworks exploded in her mouth.

The Case: News reports give the following account: The Elkhart Police Department was called to investigate reports of teens or young adults throwing lit fireworks at a 2 year-old female pit bull-type dog on July 6 in the 1200 block of Main Street in Elkhart. The dog reportedly caught one firework in her mouth, and it exploded. Police found the dog bleeding profusely and shaking. She was rushed to the Elkhart County Humane Society where she was euthanized due to her injuries.

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.

“This defenseless puppy suffered a terrifying and painful death, and there is absolutely no excuse for such a depraved act of cruelty,” said Erin Huang, The HSUS’ Indiana state director. “We hope that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime.”

The Investigators: The Elkhart Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 574-295-7070.

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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