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 persons responsible for—two vicious acts of animal cruelty in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Cases: News reports give the following account: A 5-year-old search-and-rescue dog named Little Su died after eating a mixture of chicken and antifreeze on Jan. 6. Her owners reported the container was left less than 20 feet behind their home near Campbell Creek Trail. After finding a container with a layer of green liquid, the English shepherd was brought to a veterinarian, where a fluid sample confirmed she had antifreeze in her system. She received treatment, but passed away on Jan. 8.

On Jan. 10, a 7-month-old brown pit bull puppy was found shot multiple times near the intersection of Jewel Lake Road and International Airport Road. A passerby found the dog, without a collar or microchip, and took him to a midtown animal hospital. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds—one shattering his front leg, and two to his chest, one that exited his side and the other remains lodged in his muscle tissue. The dog underwent surgery at the hospital and is in stable condition.

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.

Michael Haukedalen, Alaska state director for the HSUS, said: “It’s disturbing to see these malicious acts taking place in our animal-friendly community. Little Su was a beloved family member and performed a valuable public service as a trained search-and-rescue dog. We’re so grateful to the Anchorage Police Department for taking these crimes seriously, and we hope our reward will help find the people responsible.”

Anchorage Police Department is investigating both cases. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 786-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP to remain anonymous. People can also give information through Anchorage Crime Stoppers website.

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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