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Reward Offered in Butte, Montana Horse 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 and killing a quarter horse in Butte, Montana.

The Case: Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department gives the following account: Sometime on Saturday, Nov. 29 or Sunday, Nov. 30, a registered albino quarter horse was shot and killed on Moulton Reservoir Road. It appears the horse was shot with a high powered hunting rifle.

“This was a truly senseless act of cruelty. There is no justification for shooting such a defenseless horse and leaving him to suffer and die alone,” said Wendy Hergenraeder, Montana state director for The HSUS. “We’re thankful to the officers investigating this case and we’re hopeful our reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime."

The Investigators: The Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Hock at 406-497-1141 or Crime Stoppers at 406-782-7336.

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.

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