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 mutilating two skunks who were found dead in Fairfield, Connecticut.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On Tuesday morning, March 10, a woman called Fairfield Police after finding two dead skunks mutilated. One of the animals was nailed to a telephone pole with a string around his neck, along with a negative political sign.

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.

Annie Hornish, Connecticut state director for the HSUS, said: “We’re grateful that Fairfield Police and Animal Control are taking this grisly crime seriously—there is absolutely no excuse for mutilating defenseless animals like these skunks. We hope our reward helps find the person responsible for committing this horrible act.”

The Fairfield Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the police at 203-254-4800 or Animal Control at 203-254-4857.

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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