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The Humane Society of the United States Adds to Reward Offered in Phoenix Serial Sniper Case

Posted by thebosun on August 3, 2006

FORT WORTH, Tex.- The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a series of animal shootings in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. The total reward is up to $7,500, which includes to $4,000 offered by the Arizona Humane Society and $1,000 from the Phoenix Police Department’s Silent Witness program.

There have been a total of 12 animals struck by gunfire and victimized by the suspected serial sniper in a series of incidents dating back to June 29, 2005. These victims include dogs, donkeys, ducks and several horses. Investigators have linked these shootings to a serial shooter believed to be responsible for the deaths of five people and an additional 11 victims struck with gunfire who survived their injuries. Additional cases of damage and other related crimes bring the total number of cases linked to the suspect to 34.

“These horrible crimes further substantiate that violence against animals perpetuates violence against people,” said Lou Guyton, director of The HSUS’ Southwest Regional Office. “We can only hope that the person(s) responsible are caught before additional people or animals are injured or killed.”

The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. The HSUS, through their First Strike Campaign® raises public awareness and educates communities about this connection 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. Visit http://www.hsus.org/firststrike.

The Phoenix Police Department is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Silent Witness program at (480) 948-6377. All information will be kept confidential.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization with 9.5 million members and constituents. The HSUS is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals, disaster preparedness and response, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research, equine protection and farm animal welfare. The HSUS protects all animals through education, investigation, litigation, legislation, advocacy, and field work. The non-profit organization is based in Washington and has field representatives and offices across the country. On the web at www.hsus.org.

The HSUS Southwest Regional Office serves Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Martin Montorfano, 301-258-3152
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