Group offers $2,500 dog reward

Posted Feb. 28, 2009, at 3:12 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — As police continue to search for the shooter of a 4-year-old male bull mastiff dog in Mayfield Township earlier this month, the Humane Society of the United States has offered a $2,500 reward for the shooter’s conviction.

“People who hurt animals can hurt people, too,” said Katie Lisnik, the HSUS Maine state director. “Mainers have no tolerance for animal cruelty.”

Lisnick said the connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well-documented, and said studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

The dog, which was covered in blood, wandered out of the woods and was found by loggers on Feb. 19 at a remote location near Routes 16 and 151 in Mayfield Township. After taking it for treatment to a Dover-Foxcroft veterinarian, police found it had been shot three to four times in the head and neck.

Surgery was performed and a slug was recovered.

The dog is making a full recovery, according to Lt. Carl Gottardi III of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, and once it is released by the district attorney, it will be adopted by a worker at the veterinarian hospital where it is being treated.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 800-452-1933 or the anonymous tip line, at 207-474-0230.

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