November 1, 2013
Reward Offered in Texas Sheep Mutilations
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 series of cruel sheep mutilations in Port Lavaca, Texas.
The Case: News reports give the following account: Wayne and Karen Daggs of Port Lavaca have lost 21 of their prized Barbado sheep since July. Many of them have been found mutilated with their genitals purposefully cut off and left with the bodies. Others were found stabbed and left to die.
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.
Katie Jarl, The HSUS’ Texas state director said: “The mutilation and torture of so many defenseless sheep is a real life horror story and a shocking act of violence within this community. We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime.”
Calhoun County Investigator Bobbie Vickery said: “This case has left very little evidence with which to work and we are relying on the community for additional information to help solve it. We hope the $5,000 reward from The Humane Society of the United States, combined with the $2,500 from a private donor, will encourage anyone with useful knowledge of this case to come forward.”
The Investigators: Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office at 361-553-4656.
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 a HSUS board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.
Media Contact: Cheylin Parker: 301-258-1505; firstname.lastname@example.org