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Reward Offered in Alabama Deaf 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 the shooting of a deaf dog in Satsuma, Alabama.

The Case: Satsuma Police Chief McLean gives the following account: On Oct. 14, Si, a deaf, 2-year-old Louisiana Catahoula leopard cur, was found unresponsive when owner Tabitha Venable, who is also deaf, came home. While in emergency surgery, it was determined Si had been shot by a small caliber gun. He did not make it through the surgery.

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.

Mindy Gilbert, Alabama state director for The HSUS said, “This dog was someone’s companion and the senseless killer needs to be brought to justice. Residents should feel safe leaving their dogs out in their yards. We hope our reward leads authorities to the person responsible for this terrible crime.”

Chief Mclean commented, “We are a dog loving community. It’s doubly tragic that the deaf dog was rescued by a deaf woman who dearly loved it.”

The Investigators: The Satsuma Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about this case should contact Satsuma Police dispatch at 251-675-0151

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.

To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.  

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson; 240-672-8397, ksanderson@humanesociety.org