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 cruel and inhumane abandonment of an elderly, blind dog in Marion County, West Virginia.
The Case: A man found a small dog now referred to as “Winston” abandoned in a ditch, trapped inside of a sealed lunch bag weighted down with a large book. The man immediately took Winston to the Marion County Humane Society on July 31. MCHS representatives took Winston to a veterinarian and he is in good condition despite underlying liver health issues.
Animal Cruelty: Securing the serious attention and engagement of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the whole community. 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.
“Leaving a blind, elderly dog to die in a ditch is a callous act,” said Heather Severt, West Virginia state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “With this reward, we hope that anyone with information about who committed this terrible crime comes forward.”
The Investigators: Officer TJ Van Pelt with Marion County Animal Control is investigating this case. Anyone with relevant information should call (304) 694-1200.
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 doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, visit our animal cruelty statistics page.