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 responsible for cruelly beheading and killing a Canada goose at Green Lake Park in Seattle.

The Case: According to the Seattle Animal Shelter, the attack occurred in the evening of Monday, September 28, at Green Lake. Video and witness accounts show an unidentified shirtless man with tattoos attacking and killing the goose by beheading the goose in front of onlookers before stuffing the goose’s body in a backpack and walking away.

“This goose was brutally beaten and beheaded at a public park in the middle of the day by an individual demonstrating a stunning and callous indifference to life,” said Dan Paul, the HSUS’ Washington senior state director. “We hope our reward helps find the person who committed this cruel and despicable act.”

“This was a violent and disturbing attack on an innocent animal. We will thoroughly investigate this incident and need the public’s help to identify the person who did this so we can help ensure it doesn’t happen again,” said Seattle Animal Shelter Director Ann Graves.

Animal Cruelty: Securing the serious attention and engagement of law enforcement, 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 Canada goose is often a signature at Green Lake and other Seattle parks and, with their distinctive markings is one of the best-known birds in North America.

Anyone with information about this crime of animal cruelty is asked to call Seattle Animal Control Manager of Field Services Don Baxter at 206-386-4288 and refer to case number C05948188.

The shelter, which is one of 15 divisions within the city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, is authorized to investigate cases and bring forth charges of animal cruelty. First degree animal cruelty is a Class C felony punishable by five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

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 doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member.

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