Total reward for information about who tortured two dogs and threw them in a dumpster now $7,500
Kansas City, MO (April 20, 2011) – United Animal Nations (UAN), a nonprofit animal protection organization based in Sacramento, California, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever abused and killed two puppies and threw them in a dumpster at the Key Lighting Inc. location at 901 E. 31st St.
“We hope our reward will encourage someone who knows more about these grisly acts to come forward with information that could lead to an arrest,” said UAN President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “Violence toward animals is often a precursor to violence toward people, so Kansas City residents have a stake in seeing that whoever committed this senseless act is punished to the full extent of the law.”
Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call Kansas City Missouri Animal Control at (816) 513-1313.
Spay & Neuter Kansas City (SNKC) offered $1,500 to anyone who comes forward with information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case, and a private donor pledged $3,500, making the total reward $7,500.
“By contributing an addition $2,500 to the reward fund, United Animal Nations will help us encourage local residents to take a stand against animal cruelty and push for harsher punishments for people who abuse animals,” said SNKC president Michelle Rivera.
UAN also invited its constituents in the Kansas City area to attend a memorial gathering and moment of silence for the two puppies at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at the southeast corner of 31st and Campbell, Kansas City, Missouri.
A study conducted by the Massachusetts SPCA and Northeastern University showed that people who abuse animals are five times more likely commit violence against people, four times more likely to commit property crimes, and three times more likely to be involved in drunken or disorderly offenses.
UAN pledges rewards around the country to encourage witnesses to step forward with information about animal cruelty crimes and to highlight the need for harsher punishments in such cases. However, UAN has only paid the reward twice in 17 years, highlighting the need for law enforcement, prosecutors and citizens to take animal cruelty crimes more seriously.
Founded in 1987, United Animal Nations (UAN) focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. Learn more at www.uan.org.
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