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—throwing and killing a small puppy in Myrtle Creek, Oregon.

The Case: The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office gives the following account: A passerby saw a group of male juveniles deliberately and forcefully throw a male puppy to the ground. The witness ran toward the boys in an attempt to stop the assault, but the suspects fled. The witness then picked up the puppy and rushed him to a veterinarian. Unfortunately, the puppy died of internal injuries before arriving at the vet’s office.

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.

Scott Beckstead, senior Oregon director for the HSUS said, "It is well documented that a youth who commits cruelty toward animals is likely to commit violence against humans as an adult. The juveniles who cruelly caused the death of this puppy must be apprehended and held accountable. We are grateful to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for understanding the serious nature of this horrific crime, and we are hopeful that this reward offer will help the authorities identify the young people responsible so they can be brought to justice."

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Douglas County Dispatch at 541-440-4471.

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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