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 death of a dog in Sandusky County, Ohio.

The Case: On Sunday, July 16, 2023, Sandusky County Humane Agents and the Fremont Police Department responded to a call concerning a dog found dead along the North Coast Inland Bike Trail near the tunnel in Rodger Young Memorial Park in Fremont, OH. The dog, a dark grey-black pit bull-type female with a white chest, was found on the rock embankment of the Sandusky River along the bike trail with injuries consistent with blunt force trauma. The incident occurred between 10:00 am and 11:45 am Sunday morning.

“The violent injuries inflicted upon this poor dog are atrocious,” said Mark Finneran, Ohio state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope that this reward will bring forward anyone with information and help investigators find the person responsible for this heinous crime.”

Animal Cruelty: 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. 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.

The Investigators: The Sandusky County Dog Warden’s Office is investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to please contact Sandusky County Humane Agents at 419-334-2372.

Resources: The Humane Society of the United States 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.

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