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Reward offered in horse abuse case

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By The Staff

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for several acts of apparent animal cruelty at an equine rescue center near Morriston.

The Case: News reports give the following account: About 7 a.m. April 26, Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue owners found one of their horses with wounds and lacerations, which appeared to have been caused by a whip or blunt instrument. The horse also sustained cigarette burns and had a large scrape on his shoulder. The injuries are similar to ones that a pony mare sustained six months earlier. Two months ago, a different horse was shot with a BB gun. Investigators are trying to determine if the attacks, which all occurred on Friday nights, are connected.

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.

"Those who abuse animals can be dangerous to people," said Jennifer Hobgood, The HSUS' Florida state director. "Floridians have no tolerance for violence against animals."

The Investigators:

The Levy County Sheriff's office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Investigator Mike Narayan at 352-486-5111.

Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. Visit: humanesociety.org/cruelty.