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 sexually abusing a pregnant horse in Waupaca County, Wisconsin.

The Case: A Waupaca County farmer, located at E8743 Crain Road, New London, called authorities after finding his 15-year-old pregnant horse bleeding and injured on Sunday, Nov.29th. He believes the incident happened Saturday night or early Sunday. The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case, which is a violation of the Wisconsin law 951.02 Mistreating animals. Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel said he thinks a sort of hobbling device was used to abuse the horse.

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.

Melissa Tedrowe, Wisconsin state director for the HSUS said: “Animal sexual abuse is a serious issue closely linked to pedophilia and human sexual violence. I'm glad the HSUS is able to assist the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office with a reward to help identify this dangerous predator in our community.”

The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Sheriff Brad Hardel is asking for anyone who may have information about the crime to contact the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office at 715-258-4466.

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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