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Reward Offered in Anne Arundel County, Maryland 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 puppy in a plastic bag and abandoning him.

The Case: On Jan. 14 at approximately 9 p.m., officers responded to a report of animal cruelty in the area of Shenandoah Avenue and Gibbons Avenue in Pumphrey, Maryland. When officers arrived on scene, a witness directed them to a trash bag on a vacant property. Officers opened the trash bag and located a small dog inside.

Officers notified Anne Arundel County Animal Control, which responded to the scene to take custody of the dog. An animal control officer immediately took the dog to an emergency veterinary facility where the dog later died while being treated. The dog, a black/white terrier mix and approximately five to six months old, had no other obvious signs of injury or trauma.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents 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.

Emily Hovermale, Maryland state director for The HSUS said: “There is no excuse for callously sealing a puppy in a bag and leaving him for dead. We are hopeful that this reward will lead someone to come forward with information that leads to finding the person who committed this horrible and heartbreaking crime. ”

The Investigators: Northern District Detectives are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Northern District Detective Unit at 410-222-6135 or text MCS plus your message 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 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 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: 301-258-1466; smiller@humanesociety.org         

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