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 poisoning dogs in Hopkins, Minnesota.
The Case: According to authorities, dog owners in Hopkins have discovered antifreeze in their dog’s food and rat poison pills in their yards. Hopkins Police Sgt. Michael Glassberg says in the past month, one dog has died and two others have been poisoned in the 200 and 300 blocks of 9th and 10th Avenues North.
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.
“Deliberately poisoning dogs is not only cruel, it is also a crime,” said Christine Coughlin, Minnesota state director for the HSUS. “We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who are committing these despicable acts.”
The Investigators: Hopkins Police Department is investigating, and anyone with information about the case is asked to call 952-938-8885.
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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