Earlier this week, a Philadelphia Humane Law Enforcement officer discovered a one-year-old, brown, pit-bull mix dead on a Philadelphia playground. The dog had been hanged from playground equipment.
The officer discovered the female dog on the Barrett Playground. The time of her death is estimated to be in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 15.
The Philadelphia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is seeking information leading to an arrest of the perpetrator(s). A $4,500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
If you have any information about the crime, call the Pennsylvania SPCA’s 24-hour, toll-free, cruelty hotline at 866.601.7722.
Despite an ongoing investigation, the society needs help in gathering information. Often the chances of finding the perpetrator are better in the period directly following the crime because the offender may still be in the area.
Numerous research studies show a clear relationship between animal abuse and violence committed toward humans. A link most certainly exists. Some serial killers have been documented as animal abusers and killers in their youth.
“Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last 25 years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty.”
Reporting crimes and cruelty against animals could help prevent violence against people. If caught early in the violence cycle, perpetrators would be charged, arrested and dealt with before their violence escalates.
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