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Reward Offered in Holland Township, New Jersey Dog Shooting

New Jersey SPCA

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 family dog in the woods in Hunterdon County. This adds to an existing $500 reward from the Hunterdon County Crime Stoppers and a $500 reward from the New Jersey SPCA.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On Nov. 9, Dallas, a Holland Township family’s pit bull, broke free from his leash while on a walk to chase a deer. His body was found by a hiker at the bottom of a 30-foot ravine a week later, a couple miles from his home. The dog had been shot in the chest with a small-caliber round from a pistol or rifle or possibly from a cross-bow bolt.

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.

Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey state director for The HSUS, said: “Dallas was a part of someone’s family and he should be spending the holidays with them. Instead, the family is grieving his loss because of this senseless act. We’re hopeful our reward will encourage someone to come forward with information and lead authorities to the person responsible.” 

The Investigators: The NJSPCA is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Sergeant Phil Amato at 800-582-5979 or the Holland Township Police Department at 908-995-4670.

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 National Sheriffs’ Association and The HSUS recently launched ICE BlackBox, a free smartphone tool, to allow users to record video of illegal animal cruelty and share it securely with law enforcement for possible investigation and prosecution. 

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 Contacts:
The HSUS: Kaitlin Sanderson, 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org 
NJSPCA: Matt Stanton, 973-699-3115, mstanton@mbi-gs.com


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