April 8th, 2013 by Eric Phelps
Since April is “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month,” IDA is highlighting a new initiative we started last year to help fight cruelty to animals – our Emergency Response Unit (ERU). One of the primary activities of the ERU is offering rewards to help solve animal cruelty cases.
Our cruelty case rewards serve animals in multiple ways. The primary goal is to catch those who commit crimes against animals. The side benefits include keeping the animal cruelty story in the media spotlight and in front of people to ensure the case isn’t forgotten. The reward offers also stand as warnings to anyone thinking of committing violence against animals. And the rewards assign a value to the animal’s life that may not have been there before. Our hope is this gets people thinking of animals as more valued individuals than nameless victims.
Since our ERU began we’ve offered 28 rewards totaling more than $60,000.
Here are a few outstanding cases we’re working where no arrests have yet been made: Pearl, pictured above, was a Shepherd mix in Hebron, Indiana who was removed from her yard and deliberately led by her killer to a conibear trap that took her life. Pumpkin is an orange tabby in Sandy, Oregon who was shot with an arrow in her neighborhood. She survived, but the person who tried to kill her has not been captured. Champ was a sweet, friendly terrier mix shot in the back in the middle of an Oahu, Hawaii street in broad daylight. Champ was later euthanized due to the extent of the bullet wound.
If you know of an act of cruelty to animals where an IDA reward offer may help, email: ERU@idausa.org.