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Reward Offered in California Dog Cruelty 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 sealing a dog in a 5 gallon bucket filled with paint and leaving him in a dumpster.

The Case: The Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA gives the following account: On Monday, Dec. 1, a two-year-old, tan dog was found sealed in a bucket with fresh paint and left in a dumpster near Pomona, California. Residents discovered the dog and brought him to the Inland Valley Humane Society. He was treated for his injuries and is recovering at home with his owners.  

Scott Beckstead, Western regional director for The HSUS, said: “This case involved  malicious and deliberate cruelty toward a family pet that affects not just the dog, but also his family and even an entire community.  The situation demands justice, and we are thankful that the Inland Valley Humane Society is pursuing this case so aggressively and hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of this horrible crime.”

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.

Beth Les, supervisor of field services for the Inland Valley Humane Society, said:  “This is by far one of the most unsettling cases I have ever investigated. My deepest concern is that this may have happened before and it may happen again if we don’t find the individual responsible.” 

The Investigators: The Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Officer Leon at (909) 623-9777 ext. 602.

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 and the National Sheriffs’ Association recently launched ICE BlackBox, a new 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 Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson, 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org