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 death of a family dog who was killed last year in Phillipsburg, Montana.

The Case: Roxy, a female Rottweiler belonging to Bob Schneider and Brenitta Brady of Phillipsburg, Montana, was last seen in April 2016 at her home near Maxville, Montana. When the couple returned from a trip out of town, their dog was missing.

On June 5, 2016, a fisherman found the partially decomposed body of a dog in a garbage bag along Montana Highway 1 near Maxville and called authorities. Schneider and Brady identified the dog as Roxy. A veterinarian later found Roxy suffered from a fractured skull.

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.

“There is no excuse for killing a defenseless animal,” said Wendy Hergenraeder, Montana state director for the HSUS. “We hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of this horrible crime and bring some peace to Roxy’s family.”

The Investigators: The Granite County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 406-859-3251.

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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