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The Humane Society of the United States will reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a rash of dog abandonment cases in Kentucky.
Since December, more than 130 dogs have been dumped in remote areas in Marion County.
The HSUS recently gave a $1,000 grant through its Shelters in Crisis program to The Marion County Animal Shelter to offset the cost of caring for the influx of abandoned animals, which are double the rate shelter staff normally sees.
Shelter officials believe dog abandonments are connected. Dogs appear to have been released in groups of five to twenty-seven with little or no regard for their safety.
"These dogs have been dropped in very rural areas where they don’t know where they are and have no means of caring for themselves. Some have been killed by cars and others were found dead," said Pamela Rogers, Kentucky state director of The Humane Society of the United States. "This is not only inhumane, it's a crime that has seriously taxed the resources of the Marion County Animal Shelter, which is struggling to catch and care for all these animals."
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this case and anyone with information about this case is asked to call Sheriff Jimmy Clements at 270-692-3051.