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 leaving a dog to drown on a beach in Los Angeles County, California.

The Case: According to authorities, on March 16, a group of boat paddlers found the body of a white and brown dog staked into the sand with a rope and shovel at Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey. One end of the rope was tied around the two-year-old dog’s neck and the other to a shovel pushed deep into the sand. Authorities believe the mixed-breed dog likely drowned as the tide came in.

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.

Eric Sakach, senior law enforcement specialist for the HSUS, said: "The person who committed this despicable act against a defenseless puppy needs to be apprehended and brought to justice. We're hopeful that someone who knows something about this incident will do the right thing and contact authorities."

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control Major Case Unit are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 310-482-6000.

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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