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Reward Offered in Intentional Dog Burning

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 intentional burning death of a dog in Virginia Beach.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On the afternoon of May 29, firefighters responded to calls of a brush fire in the 1200 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard near North Birdneck Road. It was here they found the remains of a badly burned dog with her legs bound. The dog, a gray and white female pit-bull weighing about 35-40 pounds, did not survive. 

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.

Matthew Gray, Virginia state director of The HSUS said, “This poor dog suffered immensely, and we hope that this reward will assist Virginia Beach Animal Control in finding those responsible for abusing an innocent animal.”

“We hope that people with information will come forward to assist our investigators in finding the perpetrator of this abhorrent animal cruelty,” said Meghan Conti, Virginia Beach Animal Control supervisor. “I know that the people of Virginia Beach will not tolerate such acts of violence against animals and that someone will come forward to ensure that justice is served.”

The Investigators: Virginia Beach Animal Control is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or by submitting a tip by texting “VBTIP” and the information to CRIMES (274637).

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 Contact
: Samantha Miller, 610-653-2198, smiller@humanesociety.org 

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