16141Washington Humane Society Offering $2,500 Reward for Information
- Jun 28, 2013
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Washington Humane Society Offering $2,500 Reward for Information
Washington, DC On Saturday, April 27, 2013 the Washington Humane Society (WHS) Humane Law Enforcement Department discovered a female white-tailed deer paralyzed from the waist down on the 2900 block of 4th Street, SE, near the intersection of 4th and Mellon Street, SE.
Due to the severity of her injuries, the deer was humanely euthanized and WHS is now offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
WHS Officers had initially believed that the deer may have been hit by a car; however, the investigation revealed a small gunshot wound near the spine of the deer. Medical examinations later confirmed that the paralysis was due to a gunshot wound and resulting broken vertebrae, and there were no signs of any potential trauma from a vehicle. Sadly, it was also discovered that the deer was pregnant with a fawn.
Hunting is an illegal activity in Washington, DC. Furthermore, evidence discredits any assumption that this incident was the result of an ill-informed hunter. The type of bullet used, the summer season, and the fact that the deer was left alive and paralyzed are inconsistent with the actions of a trained hunter.
This shooting, and ultimate death, is an act of animal cruelty.
"It is most concerning because we only `assume' when you see a dead or dying deer that it was hit by a car, it is frightening to know that this deer was more than likely intentionally mortally wounded and left to die," stated Zita Macinanti, WHS Director of Humane Law Enforcement.
If you have any information about this case, please contact Officer D'Eramo at the Washington Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Department: dderamo@... or (202) 723-5730.
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States and has been the leading voice for animals in the District of Columbia since 1870. WHS provides protection and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including: sheltering, adoption, humane law enforcement, spay and neuter, humane education, human animal rehabilitation programs, and lost and found services. For more information, please visit www.washhumane.org.
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