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October 29, 2013

Reward Offered in North Dakota Dragging Death of Pony

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the dragging death of a miniature pony stolen from a family farm in Bottineau County, N.D., in September.

The Case: The Bottineau County Sheriff’s Department gives the following account: A miniature pony by the name of “Bad Boy” was stolen from the Boppre family farm in Bottineau County on the night of Sept. 24.  Bad Boy was then chased through a field and struck with a truck before being dragged to his death behind the vehicle, according to authorities investigating the case.

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 individual to drag a pony to death. The malicious nature of this crime has highlighted the importance of strong animal cruelty laws, “said Karen Thunshelle, The HSUS’ North Dakota state director. “We are hopeful that this reward, coupled with the other rewards, will cause anyone with information about this heinous crime to come forward."

Earlier this year, the North Dakota legislature passed an animal cruelty law that established first-felony penalties for malicious acts of cruelty toward all animals and third-offense felony penalties for repeat offenders of lesser acts of abuse. The HSUS played an instrumental role in the passage of this law and is pleased that this crime will be taken seriously under the new law.

The Investigators: Bottineau County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the department at 701-228-2740.

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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