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—shooting and killing a baby goat in Monongalia County, West Virginia.

The Case: According to the West Virginia State Police: On May 12, Gilmore, a male baby goat, was shot in the head and killed in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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.

Heather Severt, West Virginia state director for the HSUS, said: “It’s unacceptable that someone would intentionally cause so much pain to such a gentle animal. We hope this reward will bring forward someone with information about this terrible crime."

The West Virginia State Police are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Trooper Mucciola by email at or phone at (304) 285-3200.

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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