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 condition of a dog who was found severely emaciated and wounded.

The Case: On October 20 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Warren County Animal Services responded to a report of a loose dog found wandering on a rural property by the owner of a property on the 13000 block of 118 Avenue outside Indianola, just south of the Indianola Dog Park. The dog, named ‘Benji’ by his caretakers, appears to be a German shepherd. He was found severely emaciated and suffering from pressure sores and other skin conditions. Benji is recovering at Kiya Koda Humane Society.

Animal Cruelty: Violence against animals is a crime that affects entire communities. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented by scientists, criminologists and the law enforcement and medical fields. Studies establish a clear link 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.

“It is terrible to imagine the suffering this poor dog endured while clearly being deprived of proper food and care,” said Preston Moore, Iowa state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope that this reward will encourage anyone with information about this crime to come forward.”

The Investigators: If anyone has any information related to this case, please contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Department at 515-961-1122

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. More information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories.

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