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 shooting death of a nine-month-old thoroughbred colt in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The Humane Society of the United States joins with local organizations who had already contributed to a reward of $18,500.

The Case: The Jessamine County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report that several rifle shots were fired into a horse paddock at the Springhouse Farm, off Tates Creek Road in Nicholasville, between 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 27 and 2:00 a.m. on Friday, September 28. Arriving at the scene, they found a wounded nine-month-old thoroughbred colt. Due to the severity of the foal’s injuries, the young horse was euthanized.

Animal Cruelty: Violence against animals is a crime that affects entire communities. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and many other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault. Securing the serious attention and engagement of law enforcement officials, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the whole community.

“In the state known as the ‘Horse Capital of the World,’ the terrible death of a foal is particularly heartbreaking,” said Kathryn Callahan, Kentucky state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope that anyone with information about this crime will come forward.”

The Investigators: The Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case. Anyone with relevant information should contact Deputy Todd Sponcil at 859-887-5447.

Resources: The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources and support to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. We offer rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The Humane Society of the United States has doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member. For information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, visit Animal cruelty facts and stats.

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