October 14, 2013
Reward Offered for Beating of Pit Bull in Columbus, Ohio
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 beating a male pit bull.
The Case: A male pit bull was found in the Tamarack Circle area of Columbus suffering from what appeared to be multiple blows to the head, resulting in severe lacerations and multiple skull fractures. He was transferred to the Capital Area Humane Society late Tuesday afternoon after being taken in by Franklin County Animal Care and Control.
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.
Rachel D.K. Finney, the Capital Area Humane Society’s executive director said: “In our line of work, we encounter first-hand the very best and the very worst in regards to the relationship between animals and people. This dog unfortunately experienced the worst, and now we need the most caring community members who have knowledge of what this animal endured to come forward.”
Karen Minton, The HSUS’ Ohio state director said: “The attack on this poor, helpless dog is a serious crime, and we hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this despicable act. Ohio remains one of three states with no first-time felony offense for animal cruelty. This crime should raise awareness that Ohio can no longer afford to be one of the weakest states in the nation in punishing these heinous crimes.”
The Investigators: Anyone with information should contact the Capital Area Humane Society at (614) 777-7387 ext. 250. All calls are confidential.
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.
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