The HSUS Adds to Reward in Weare, NH Animal Cruelty Case

The Humane Society of the United States
Friday, 5 September 2003

The HSUS is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for seriously injuring a toy poodle named Barney who was found on Buxton School Road in Weare, New Hampshire on Sunday, August 24, 2003.

The Union Leader reported that Barney's owner was unable to locate him after a family visit with a relative in Weare on Saturday night. A girl who had seen posters for the lost dog discovered him alive but badly injured at the end of a driveway the following day. According to police, all four of Barney's legs were bound when he was found. Fur and skin missing on one side of Barney's body indicate that he was dragged. Barney remains under veterinary care at the Capital Area Veterinary Emergency Service in Concord. It is not yet known to what extent he will recover from his injuries.

In addition to the reward offered by The HSUS, friends have raised more than $1,000 for a reward fund. Additional donations can be sent to the Bank of New Hampshire, 277 Union Ave., Laconia, NH 03246, Attn: Judi Tucker. Checks should be made payable to the Barney Fund.

"This incident is just one of several recent and particularly egregious animal cruelty cases in New Hampshire," notes Hillary Twining, program coordinator for The HSUS New England Regional Office. "The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. We strongly hope this reward will help bring those responsible for this crime to justice before another animal or possibly a person is harmed."

The First Strike® program, part of The HSUS' Animals In Crises program, educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence. The HSUS provides resources about the connection and what people can do to combat animal cruelty, such as starting a Neighborhood Watch for Animals. The HSUS also offers rewards in cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. Go on-line to www.hsus.org/firststrike for more information.

In New Hampshire, deliberate animal cruelty is considered a class B felony, which is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

The Weare Police Department is vigorously pursuing this case. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Chief Myles Rigney at 603-529-7755.

The HSUS is the nation's largest animal protection organization with more than 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 HSUS is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 regional offices. The New England Regional Office serves Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

For more information, or to contact The Humane Society of the United States, see their website at: www.hsus.org

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