Editor’s note: The Flint Creek donor that offered the first $1,000 add on has added $2,000 more, bringing the total to $8,000.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a possible cruelty case involving a litter of coyote pups. An anonymous donor of Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation is offering an additional $1,000 reward in this case, bringing the total to $6,000.

The Case: WGN-TV reports that Cook County Forest Preserve police found six coyote pups in a bag in Spring Creek Valley Forest Preserve in Barrington, Ill. on May 11. Only one pup from the litter was found alive, but he was badly injured. Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation is working to save the pup’s shattered leg, but has said that his release back into the wild is doubtful.

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.

“Anyone who could so callously maim and kill defenseless coyote pups and then toss them away like trash is a danger not only to animals but to the community at large,” said Marc Ayers, The HSUS’ Illinois state director. “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime.”

The Investigators: Cook County Forest Preserve police and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are investigating this matter. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Department of Natural Resources tip line at 1-877-236-7529.

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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