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 brutal beating and death of a dog who was leashed in his yard in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.

The Case: According to news reports, a 30-year resident of Excelsior Springs, Lora Kingery, said her dog, Snowball, was severely beaten while still attached to a leash in her yard on March 21. Snowball died three days later despite being under a veterinarian’s care.

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.

“This savage act shows complete contempt for an innocent creature like Snowball and all the humans who cared for this beloved dog,” said Amanda Good, Missouri state director for the HSUS. “We hope this reward will motivate someone to come forward so that justice can be served.”

The Investigators: The Excelsior Springs Police is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Investigations Division at (816) 630-2000.

“We are very thankful for the generous reward being offered in this case by the Humane Society of the United States,” said Excelsior Springs Police Staff Sergeant Larry Tarrant. “We hope the additional reward will motivate any witnesses, or others with information about this crime, to come forward and provide what they know to police.”

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.

To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, visit our animal cruelty statistics page.

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