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Reward Offered in Attempted Drowning of Dearborn Heights, Mich. Dog

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 apparently trying to drown a dog in the Rouge River in Dearborn Heights, Mich. The reward is in addition to a $1,000 reward offered by the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter and brings the total to $6,000.

The Case: News reports give the following account: At about 9:50 p.m. on Aug. 26, a passerby noticed a dog with a brick tied to his leg in the water of the Rouge River near the bridge at Warren Road and Outer Drive. The Dearborn Heights police responded to the scene and rescued the dog, who was muddy but without visible injuries. The reddish-brown and white Labrador retriever-mix, who appears to be about 2 years old, was taken to the Dearborn Animal Shelter for veterinary care and eventual adoption.

Elaine Greene, director of the Dearborn Animal Shelter said: “This type of act demonstrates a deliberate and methodical cruelty that is chilling. The person responsible for doing such a thing to a gentle, defenseless dog should be considered dangerous.”

Jill Fritz, Michigan state director for The HSUS said: “This callous act against a defenseless animal is a serious crime, and we’re glad that the authorities are investigating. We hope that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about who may have deliberately left this sweet dog to drown.”

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: The Dearborn Heights Police Department is investigating the case. Anyone with information about it is asked to call the department at (313) 277-7408.

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.

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