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 death of a dog who was shot with an arrow in the Fairdale area of Louisville, Kentucky. The reward is in addition to the $500 reward already offered by the non-profit Friends of Metro Animal Services for information in this case

The Case: Louisville Metro Animal Services gives the following account: On Wednesday, June 21st at about 5 p.m., a man brought a Jack Russell terrier with a large arrow protruding through her body to the LMAS shelter. Despite the efforts of staff, the dog died on the way to Jefferson Animal Hospital. She was approximately two years old.

The dog had been found Wednesday afternoon in the vicinity of the 8900 block of Brown Austin Road in Fairdale. The arrow entered the dog’s left hip area and was protruding from the right side of her abdomen, near the left shoulder. The dog did not have a microchip and so far, her owner has not been located.

LMAS Animal Control has been interviewing residents in the area in an effort to get justice for this helpless dog who suffered tremendously before her death. LMAS will gladly accept donations to boost the reward.

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.

“It takes a truly callous person to shoot a small dog with an arrow,” said Kathryn Callahan, the Humane Society of the United States’ Kentucky state director, “We are hopeful that this reward will help bring forward anyone with information about this horrible crime."

The Investigators: Louisville Metro Animal Services Animal Control Division is investigating. Anyone with information about the dog’s owner, or knows who may be responsible for her fatal injuries is asked to contact Louisville Metro Police at 502-574-LMPD.

Resources: The Humane Society of the United States’ 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 Humane Society of the United States offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The Humane Society of the United States doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, visit our animal cruelty statistics page.

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