The HSUS Offers Reward in Charlottesville, Va Animal Cruelty Case

The Humane Society of the United States
Monday, 18 August 2003

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person who bound, shot, and threw a young boxer over a bridge in Charlottesville, VA in late July. The dog fell 27 feet before hitting the ground below. Despite suffering extensive injuries, the dog survived.

According to police reports, the dog, a 3-year-old named Britta, was discovered on July 25, by railroad workers near railroad tracks below the bridge, about a day after the crime occurred. She was taken to a veterinarian in Charlottesville where she was treated for a gunshot wound to the head, multiple fractures to her body and injuries to her mouth where she lost many teeth. Britta is still recovering and a person has already been selected to adopt her when she is ready to go home.

"The pain and suffering inflicted on this poor dog is astounding," said Betsy McFarland, animal sheltering issues program manager. "It is a miracle that she survived this horrendous ordeal. Anyone capable of such violence is dangerous and a threat to other animals—and people—as the connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well known."

The First Strike® program, part of The HSUS Animals In Crises (AIC) campaign, raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence. Through the program, The HSUS provides resources to the public to learn about the connection and what people can do to combat animal cruelty, such as starting a Neighborhood Watch for Animals program, which empowers people to protect the animals in their communities. The HSUS also offers rewards in cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. Go on-line to for more information.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA and Albemarle County police are investigating the case. Persons with information are asked to please call the SPCA at 434-973-5959 or Albemarle County Police at 434-977-9041. Information will be kept confidential. The reward fund in this case has grown to $15,000 to date.

The HSUS is the nation's largest animal protection organization with over seven million members and constituents. The HSUS is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals and equine protection; wildlife and habitat protection; animals in research and farm animals and sustainable agriculture. For nearly 50 years, The HSUS has protected all animals through legislation, litigation, investigation, education, advocacy and fieldwork. The non-profit organization is based in Washington, DC and has 10 regional offices across the country.

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