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 serious physical abuse of two dogs in the Duncan area of Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Case: On Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that someone in the Duncan community, close to the intersection of Bohon and Grapevine Roads in Mercer County, had tied the legs of two dogs, duct-taped their muzzles shut and beat them on their heads, causing severe injuries.

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 crimes ranging 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.

It takes a truly callous person to abuse dogs in this way,” said Kathryn Callahan, Kentucky state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope that this reward will help bring forward anyone with information about this horrible crime."

The Investigators:  The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case. Anyone with relevant information should contact that office at (859) 734-4221. The Mercer County Crime Stoppers is also seeking information; Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information which leads to an arrest and conviction. You can leave information with them at (859) 812-0016.

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 work 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, click here.  

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