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Reward offered for info in shooting death of Maryland puppy

By Jill Rosen

The Baltimore Sun

2:02 PM EST, January 6, 2012

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Following on the heels of the shocking shooting death this week of a Maryland puppy, The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward.

Here is the release the organization just sent out:

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing a 7-month-old golden retriever in Middletown, Md.

Frederick County Animal Control gives the following account: On Wednesday morning, a resident in the 2900 block of Station Road in Middletown found his 7-month-old golden retriever puppy, Heidi, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. At about 9:30 a.m., the dog's owner had released Heidi and his three other golden retrievers outside to roam their farm, but when he called the dogs home, only three returned. A search of his property revealed that Heidi had been shot, and unfortunately did not survive.

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.

“The people of Maryland have no tolerance for wanton violence against animals, especially a young puppy on her own property,” said Ashley Mauceri, deputy manager of animal cruelty investigations for The Humane Society of the United States. “We are hopeful that this reward will help find those responsible for this cruel act.”

The Investigators: Frederick County Animal Control is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 301-600-1544.