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January 29, 2014

Reward Offered in Kansas Poisoning Deaths of Dogs

Ellis County Sheriff's 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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­the poisoning deaths of three dogs in Ellis County, Kan.

The Case: Deputy Derrick Brening of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department received a report of three dogs who were allegedly poisoned with strychnine in the 1300 block of Grand Street. The Sheriff’s department has no other information on this 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.

Midge Grinstead, The HSUS’ Kansas state director said: “This is a truly horrible crime.  These dogs suffered immensely from the poison. Anyone who would kill helpless animals is not someone you want in your community. We hope that this reward will bring forward the information needed to seek justice for these dogs.”

The Investigators: Deputy Brening of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call him at: 785-625-1040.

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 an HSUS board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.  

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Media Contact: Cheylin Parker, 301-258-1505, cparker@humanesociety.org

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