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 torture and death of a husky in Berkeley County, West Virginia.

The Case: The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department and animal control responded to a call from a family who found their dog hanging by his neck on their driveway gate. The family’s husky, named Ryu, disappeared from a run line late in the afternoon on September 8. The family discovered Ryu’s body two days later. He had been gutted and butchered.

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.

“The amount of pain and fear this poor dog likely suffered is unimaginable. The perpetrator’s acts display an alarming lack of compassion for life, and also signals that he or she is a substantial threat to the community,” said Heather Severt, the West Virginia state director for the HSUS.

The Investigators: Anyone with information about the case is asked to call The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department at (304) 267-7000.

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, visit our animal cruelty statistics page.

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