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Case ID: 17339
Classification: Unclassified, Shooting
Animal: cat, dog (non pit-bull)
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Monday, Jan 31, 2011

County: Prentiss

Disposition: Open

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Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

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 or neglecting nearly 50 animals found dead near Baldwyn, Miss.

The Case:

The Prentiss County Sheriff's Office gives the following account: On Monday, Prentiss County Sheriff's Office deputies found about 50 animal carcasses--mostly dogs and a few cats--after a passerby reported discovering the gruesome sight near a bridge on County Road 6200. The corpses appeared to have been tossed from the bridge into a creek, not far from Baldwyn's town limits. The carcasses were in varying stages of decomposition, some reduced to bones. Some animals appeared to have been shot while others had no visible signs of death. Deputies removed the bodies and took them to a local veterinarian for necropsy, but many were too decomposed for a cause of death determination to be made. The carcasses would have been swept down the rain-swollen creek if deputies had not removed them when they did.

Animal Cruelty:

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.

"Anyone who could show such disregard for defenseless animals can be capable of hurting people, too," said Lydia Sattler, The HSUS' Mississippi state director. "Whoever committed these violent and callous acts must be held accountable for his or her actions."

The Investigators:

Prentiss County Sheriff's Investigator Derrick Hester is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call him at 662-728-2002 or the Sheriff's Office's tipline, at 1-800-773-TIPS

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Case Updates

Authorities are trying to find out who dumped the carcasses of nearly 50 dogs and several cats in a creek in north Mississippi.

Prentiss County Sheriff Randy M. Tolar said the carcasses were found this week under a bridge on a rural county road near the town of Baldwyn. Some of the animals appeared to have been shot.

Tolar said the animals included a "wide range of breeds and ages" and were in various states of decomposition. At least one deer carcass was found. A video of the scene has been circulating on the Internet. The carcasses have since been removed.

Tolar said authorities don't know why the animals were killed or who dumped them.

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information in the case.

The animals were taken to a veterinarian for necropsy, but many were too decomposed to determine a cause of death, the Humane Society said Wednesday in a news release.

In addition to the Humane Society reward, In Defense of Animals will pledge $1,500 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction, based on how the animals were killed, said Doll Stanley, regional director of investigations for the organization.

"If whoever did this caused their deaths in an inhumane manner, we are going to seek a successful prosecution," Stanley said.

This is at least the second time since last year that Mississippi authorities have investigated a major dumping ground for cats and dogs.

An animal control officer in Canton, about 25 miles north of Jackson, was accused of killing as many as 100 dogs and cats and dumping the carcasses into a creek.

Both cases have renewed calls for Mississippi lawmakers to adopt more stringent animal cruelty laws. Mississippi is one of four states that doesn't have a felony animal cruelty law against dogs and cats.

Two bills are pending in the state Senate this session that would stiffen penalties for those who kill or abuse domestic pets.

Senate Bill 2127 would make it a first-offense felony and Senate Bill 2821, the Mississippi Dog and Cat Pet Protection Law of 2011, would make it a felony if a person is convicted of three offenses in a 45-day period.
Source: - Feb 3, 2011
Update posted on Feb 4, 2011 - 9:48AM 


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