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(s) responsible for the recent cruel and thoughtless torture of a dog in Neosho, Missouri. An additional $10,000 is being offered by an anonymous donor. These rewards are in addition to cash rewards currently being offered in this case.

The Neosho Police Department responded to a complaint on Sept. 23 in reference to animal abuse. Arriving at the scene, they discovered a female beagle who had approximately 75% of her skin removed while she was alive. The dog either escaped from the assault or was set free in this condition. Officers caught the injured animal and after consulting veterinary staff, the dog had to be euthanized to end her suffering.

Animal cruelty

Violence against animals is a crime that affects entire communities. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented by scientists, criminologists and the law enforcement and medical fields. Studies establish a clear link 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.

“It takes a truly callous person to skin a dog alive and it’s completely heartbreaking to imagine the suffering this dog endured,” said Amanda Good, Missouri state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope that this reward will encourage anyone with information about this terrible crime to come forward, not only to help seek justice for this animal, but also to ensure the safety of the entire community.”

If anyone has any information on this case, please contact the Neosho Police Department at 417-451-8012 or the Newton County Sheriff’s Department at 417-451-8300.

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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.

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Editor's note: This release was updated on October 8 to include additional reward funds.

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