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—abandoning 191 dogs in San Bernardino County, California.

The Case: News reports give the following account: San Bernardino County animal control received a tip Feb. 6 about multiple dogs being kept at a home in Lucerne Valley. Investigators found 191 dogs, some of them puppies, stacked on top of each other in small kennels and fenced in enclosures. The wide variety of dogs show signs of severe neglect and were taken to the Devore Animal Shelter, where they are being cared for at this time.

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.

Eric Sakach, senior law enforcement specialist for the HSUS, said: “We’re so grateful a concerned resident alerted authorities to the animals when they did—who knows what would have become of the dogs otherwise. We are hopeful our reward will bring someone forward with information to find the person responsible for this despicable act.”

San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME. Callers may remain anonymous.

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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