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June 6, 2014

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 kidnapping and cruel beating of a pit bull in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On May 19, Oden, a family pit bull, was unleashed from his family’s backyard and taken to a nearby ally on East 17th Street, in Wilmington, where he was brutally beaten in the head and face with a brick. After Oden’s family noticed their dog was missing, they searched and found him bloodied and nearly dead. Oden’s survival is uncertain and there is a chance he could be permanently blind. Unfortunately Oden’s family could not afford his vet bills, so he is recovering in a foster home.

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.

Ashley Mauceri, manager of cruelty response for the HSUS said: “This is a case where we are dealing with malicious violence that affects not just an animal, but a family and a community. We are thankful that Delaware Animal Care Control is pursuing this case so aggressively and hope this reward will provide information against whoever is responsible for this attack against an innocent pet.” 

Captain Sherri Warburton with Delaware Animal Care Control said: “This type of assault will not be tolerated. You don’t know what tip will help lead to the individuals who did this assault, so please call and report any details in regards to this case. I am grateful that the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare was able to coordinate The HSUS and DEACC to work together to offer a reward for information on Oden’s behalf.” 

The Investigators: Captain Sherri Warburton, director of Delaware Animal Care Control, is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (302) 698-3006.

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 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, click here.  

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson, 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org 


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