Flanders, NJ—The Humane
Society of the United States is offering
a $2,500 reward for information leading
to the arrest and conviction of the person
or persons responsible for shooting a dog
that was found with multiple gunshot wounds
in Wilkes-Barre last month.
The dog, a young adult German shepherd was
discovered in a field in Fairmount Township
near Giza Road, according to news reports.
He was brought to a hospital and given first
aid, then transported to Pittston Animal
Hospital where veterinarian Dr. I. H. Kathio
operated on the dog and saved his life.
Dr. Kathio is reported to have found more
than 20 open wounds on the dog’s body.
The young shepherd also suffered multiple
bone fractures, according to reports. Dr.
Kathio is posting a $1,000 reward in the
case. Currently, the reward fund is at more
Thankfully, the dog survived the ordeal
and now is continuing to recover at his
new home with his new adopted family. However,
this story will not truly have a happy ending
until the person or persons who committed
this crime are brought to justice.
“Dr. Kathio should be commended for
his compassion and dedication that saved
this dog’s life,” said Barbara
Dyer, program coordinator for The HSUS Mid-Atlantic
Regional Office in Flanders. “This
dog suffered incredible pain at the hands
of a brutal person or persons. Whoever committed
this crime will continue to be a threat
to other animals and people in the community
until they are caught. We encourage anyone
with information about this cruel and senseless
assault to contact the authorities.”
Humane society police officers with the
Luzerne County SPCA are investigating this
case. Anyone with information is asked to
call Carol Morrison or Stan Madera at 570-825-4111.
Information will be kept confidential.
Animal protection organizations and law
enforcement alike, including the FBI, have
long known about the connection between
animal cruelty and human violence. Many
criminals, from young school shooters to
the most notorious serial killers, have
had a history of cruelty to animals. The
HSUS First Strike Campaign™ raises
public awareness about this correlation
between animal cruelty and violence towards
people while providing a variety of resources
to law enforcement agencies, social work
professionals, educators, legislators and