May 30, 2014
Reward Offered in Texas 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 shooting a mother dog and leaving her body in a crate with 10 nursing puppies in Parker County, Texas.
The Case: News reports give the following account: A school bus driver found the dogs on the morning of May 28 on the side of Raley Road, just off Veal Station Road in Springtown. The mother dog, a three-year-old red shepherd mix, had an apparent gunshot wound to the head and was in a crate with 10 puppies that were less than two weeks old. The puppies have been taken to the Angels & Outlaws Second Chance Bully Ranch.
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, Texas state director for The HSUS said, “A person capable of harming an animal in this way is a threat to the entire community. This $5,000 reward sends a clear message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in Parker County and The HSUS encourages anyone with information on this case to come forward and aid Sheriff Fowler with his investigation.”
Sheriff Larry Fowler said, "Parker County does not have an animal problem. We have a people problem. It's hard to imagine that someone would be so cruel as to execute any animal. But to kill a dog with nursing babies and leave such a gory picture is beyond human imagination."
The Investigators: Parker County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 817-594-8845 or Parker County Crime Stoppers at 817-599-5555.
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