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September 23, 2013

Reward Offered in Walton County, Fla. Dog Killing Case

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 stealing, shooting and killing a dog.

 The Case: The Walton County Sheriff`s Office is working to track down who shot and killed a family dog in the Mossy Head area. On Sept. 14, horseback riders discovered the body of a dog in the woods near Richardson Road in Mossy Head. The dog was identified as a two-year old Rottweiler named Helo who went missing from his home in Mossy Head on the morning of Sept. 12.

 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.

 “It takes a truly callous person to shoot and kill an innocent dog,” said Kate MacFall, The HSUS’ Florida state director. “We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this heinous crime.”

 The Investigators: Walton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 850-401-4028.

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: Cheylin Parker, 301-258-1505 cparker@humanesociety.org

 

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