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Reward Offered in Minnesota Stabbing of Dog

(Feb. 27, 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 brutal stabbing of a young male pit bull in Red Lake, Minn.

The Case: According to Karen Good, executive director of Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue, Jacob, a young male pit pull, was attacked on the Red Lake Reservation. On Sunday, Feb. 16, Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue received a call that a dog was injured in a yard and found Jacob in a fetal position against an outside wall near a porch. Blood spatter was all around and on the wall behind him.

According to Good, the rescue loaded Jacob in a crate and took him to a vet where he was assessed to have been lacerated four times with a very sharp blade, knife, box cutter or razor. Jacob suffered from considerable blood loss but survived.

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.

Howard Goldman, The HSUS’ Minnesota state director said: “Jacob is very lucky to be alive. Whoever did this to an innocent animal must be held accountable. This was no accident and we hope the reward will encourage someone to come forward with any information he or she may have. Jacob deserves that.”

The Investigators: Officer Kendall Kingbird of the Red Lake Police Department is investigating. Anyone with first-hand information about the case is asked to call him at: 218-679-3313.

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.  


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