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October 15, 2013

Reward Offered in Jackson, Miss. Attack on Dog, which Resulted in Euthanasia

Crime Stoppers, Jackson Police Department

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­dragging a female pit bull behind a vehicle on or near the 100 block of East Bell Street in Jackson, Miss.

The Case:   According to Jackson police, Holly, an adult female pit bull named by rescuers, was dragged behind a vehicle down a Jackson city street. It was reported that she was being punished for losing a dogfight. Holly sustained injuries so severe that she could not be saved, and was humanely euthanized at a local veterinarian’s office. The incident took place on or around Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

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.

“Only a callous person could drag a trusting animal behind their vehicle, and watch her suffer and reel in pain,” said Lydia Sattler, The HSUS’ Mississippi state director. “We hope this reward will bring forward anyone with information to find the person responsible for this heinous crime.”

The Investigators: Please call Investigator Paul Perry of the Jackson Police Department Animal Control at 601-960-1774 or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS with any information or tips on this case.

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 The 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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