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 an emaciated and mutilated dog in Caroline County, Virginia.
The Case: On Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. the Caroline County Animal Shelter received a stray and emaciated, adult male pitbull. The dog was found in a ditch along Edgar Road, approximately half a mile from the King William County line.
The dog’s ears appeared to be cut off. He was so emaciated and infested with fleas that he could hardly walk. He was transferred to an animal hospital where he received a blood transfusion and other supportive care to save his life. The dog has since been transferred to a rescue. This one to two year old dog, now named Hogan, did not come to be in this condition overnight, and his symptoms are consistent with long term neglect.
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.
“The Humane Society of the United States seeks to confront cruelty against animals everywhere, including every Virginia community,” said Matthew Gray, Virginia state director for the HSUS. “We hope that this reward will assist Caroline County Animal Control in finding those responsible for this sickening neglect and abuse of an innocent pet.”
The Investigators: Caroline County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Deputy Jessee at 804-633-9041.
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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