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Reward Offered in Gassaway, West Virginia Dog Brutality 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 cruel beating and stabbing of a dog in Gassaway, West Virginia. This adds to an existing $1,500 reward from Braxton County Animal Shelter.

The Case: Braxton County Animal Shelter gives the following account: On the evening of July 17, local residents noticed a car drive past their home shortly before they heard a dog yelping and the car speed away. A few hours later the witnesses found a wounded female dog under their camper with several skull injuries, and she was immediately taken to the vet. Examination revealed her skull was split in two places and the right side of her skull was crushed. Due to the repercussions of the attack, she was euthanized. Authorities believe she was beaten with a blunt object and possibly stabbed in the head.

It was also noted that the dog, later named “Princess,” recently had puppies. Two days after the incident, a malnourished five-week-old puppy was found close to where Princess was left.

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.

Summer Wyatt, West Virginia state director for the HSUS said: “Anyone capable of this type of malicious violence should be held accountable for their actions. We hope this reward will provide information concerning whoever is responsible for this attack against an innocent dog with newborn puppies.” 

The Investigators: Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the shelter at (304) 765-2200. All calls are 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 an HSUS board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.  

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson, 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org 


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