April 29, 2014
Reward Offered in North Carolina Dog Shooting
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 and shooting a young, male Australian Sheperd in Germanton, North Carolina.
The Case: News reports give the following account: A family’s Australian Sheperd was tortured, shot and possibly dragged behind an ATV in North Forsyth County over the weekend of April 5. The dog was found dead, with four bullet wounds, in the family’s backyard.
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.
Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS said: “It takes a truly heartless person to torture and shoot a family’s dog. We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime."
The Investigators: Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department and the Forsyth County Animal Control are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at 336-272-2112.
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.
Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson, 301-721-6463, firstname.lastname@example.org