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 neglect and abandonment of two puppies in Sempronius, New York. The New York State Humane Association is offering an additional $1,000 reward.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On April 7, two German shepherd-mix puppies were found dead in a crate containing feces, a red bowl and a white and blue striped sweatshirt, along the side of Dresserville Road, near a creek and close to the intersection with Franklin/Big Hill Road in Sempronius. The puppies were estimated to be between 12 and 15 weeks old and showed signs of severe emaciation.

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.

Brian Shapiro, New York state director for the HSUS, said: “The blatant abuse and disregard shown to these two helpless puppies degrades the very core of our society. We sincerely hope this reward helps uncover the perpetrator or perpetrators of this unnecessary cruelty.”

The Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Humane Law Enforcement at 315-294-0397, or to email the shelter at

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, visit our animal cruelty statistics page.

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