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 poodle found starving in an alley in the 5800 block of Babcock Road in San Antonio. The poodle died after tremendous efforts to stabilize her.

The Case: The City of San Antonio Animal Care Services attempted to save Hope, an eight year old poodle, after she was left in an alley for an unknown amount of time. They found her cold and jaundiced, indicating that she had not eaten for quite some time. She was weak, in pain and could barely move because she was so severely matted to the point that mold was growing on her body. ACS said this is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty the agency has ever seen. The staff members caring for Hope did their best to make her comfortable during her final hours.

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 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.

The Investigators: The City of San Antonio Animal Care Services is investigating the case. Anyone with relevant information should call 311.

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 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. For information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, visit Animal cruelty facts and stats.

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