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The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Syracuse, N.Y., Dog Starvation 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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the starvation and death of a young pit bull-type dog. The HSUS reward is in addition to a reward offered by Cuse Pit Crew, raising the total reward offered to $6,000.

The Case: A young, tan and white male pit bull-type dog, posthumously named Jax, was found dead on Oct. 22 between garbage dumpsters on Smith Lane, near the intersection of Jamesville Avenue and E. Colvin Street in the Outer Comstock area of Syracuse. Jax only weighed 13 pounds when his body was found. Autopsy reports indicate starvation as the cause of death.

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.

“This is a very extreme case of animal abuse in our community,” said Eric Bernthal, board chair for The HSUS, and a Syracuse native. “Starving an animal to death is a cruel, criminal act. We hope our reward will bring forward anyone with information about this terrible crime."

The Investigators: The Syracuse Police Department is investigating this case. Anyone with information on the incident should contact the Syracuse Police Animal Abuse Tip Line at 315-442-5336. Anonymous tips remain 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 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: Kaitlin Sanderson, 240-672-8397, ksanderson@humanesociety.org