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Reward Offered in Dog Starvation Case

13 February 2015

US - 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 potential starvation death of two Ventura County, California dogs.

Ventura County Animal Services gives the following account:

On 5 January, an anonymous caller discovered two adult pit bull type dogs, a brown male wearing a blue collar and a black and white female, lying dead in a dog igloo alongside South Mountain Road in Santa Paula, California. The dogs were severely emaciated and the county veterinarian reported their deaths are indicative of starvation.

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.

Eric Sakach, senior law enforcement specialist for The HSUS, said: “The degree of suffering inflicted on the dogs is absolutely unacceptable, and anyone responsible deserves to be brought to justice. We hope our reward will help uncover the perpetrator of this awful crime.”

Ventura County Animal Services is investigating the case. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Interim Field Operations Supervisor Bryan Bray at (805) 383-4717.

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