ELKHART — The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward for information on an Elkhart animal cruelty case.
The Humane Society announced on Thursday, July 11, that it will pay $5,000 for any information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for throwing lit fireworks at a dog on Friday, July 5.
The dog was fatally wounded after it picked up a lit firework in its mouth and it exploded. It was taken to the Humane Society of Elkhart County where it was euthanized.
Witnesses told police children had been throwing fireworks at the animal.
“This defenseless puppy suffered a terrifying and painful death, and there is absolutely no excuse for such a depraved act of cruelty,” HSUS’ Indiana State Director Erin Huang said in a news release. “We hope that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime.”
The Elkhart Police Department continues to investigate the incident. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the department at 574-295-7070.
In an unscientific poll on ElkhartTruth.com, readers were asked “Should the children who were lighting fireworks that resulted in a dog’s death be prosecuted?”
Of the 763 people who responded, 578, or 75.8 percent, favored pressing charges against the children and their parents, while 91 readers, 11.9 percent, said only the parents should be prosecuted and another 91 said no one should face charges for the dog’s death.