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Reward Offered in Maryland Dog Starvation 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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­starving a mastiff in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

The Case: On Feb. 8, animal control responded to a call about an emaciated, female Mastiff who was dumped in Clinton, Maryland. The dog, named Violet by Prince George’s County Animal Management officers, weighs 56.4 pounds, while mastiffs typically weigh 150 pounds. Violet is on the road to recovery with Mutts Matter Rescue, and will stay with a foster family until healthy enough to be adopted.

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: “It is unimaginably callous to cruelly starve and abandon an innocent dog in this way. We are hopeful this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime."

The Investigators: Prince George’s County’s Animal Management Division is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 301-780-7241.

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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