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December 19, 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 killing of a dog in Wilson County, Texas.

The Case: According to police reports: On Dec. 12, a witness called the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office after finding a deceased dog, a Golden Retriever mix, with a cord around his muzzle and throat near County Road 347, dumped near the bridge by Scull Crossing.

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.

Katie Jarl, Texas state director for The HSUS said, “Our pets are like family; so, it is understandable that so many people in Wilson County are shocked and deeply upset that this dog was violently abused in their own community. The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to partner with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, and we hope someone comes forward with information on this case.”

Johnie Deagen, chief deputy at Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said, “Torture of a non-livestock animal in the State of Texas is a felony offense. It is a shame some people are so cruel they would treat an animal in such a way. If the person or persons who committed this act of violence are found, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will do everything within the color of the law to see that justice is done. We are in need of your assistance to help solve this case.”

The Investigators: The Wilson County Sheriff is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (830) 393-2535.

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, click here.  

Media Contact: Vincenza Previte, 240-551-9092, [email protected]

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