Local Couple Gives Generously in the Fight Against Animal Cruelty
Recently Crime Stoppers publicized the July 11th, 2016 abandonment of 2 pit bulls in the Rib Mountain Kohl’s parking lot (originally thought to be the Walmart lot). The dogs are alleged to have been used as “bait dogs” to train other fighting dogs. One of the dogs was rescued and is being treated for its multiple injuries. Sadly, the second dog was hit and killed by a vehicle as it ran from the area. The person(s) responsible for the abuse of these dogs have not yet been identified.
Animals play a big role in our lives in Wisconsin and people demand the humane treatment of our animals. Culture has evolved and society demands that communities work together to ensure the protection of animals and to ensure accountability for offenders. Locally, the Humane Society of Marathon County and Marathon County Crime Stoppers have partnered in the fight to combat animal cruelty.
Often people have information about criminal activity but are reluctant to come forward. Many people simply don’t want to get involved, while others fear retaliation or retribution by the offender. Crime Stoppers offers safe and secure methods for people to report information, without ever having their identity revealed. The assurance of anonymity and the incentive of cash rewards opens the door for more citizens to report.
After Crime Stoppers publicized this story, many were outraged. One local couple took action. Because of their passion for animals, Norman and Cheryl Moeller made a generous donation of $1000 to Crime Stoppers in the hope someone will come forward with information. The money is to be used to pay a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the abuse of these pit bulls. If the case remains unsolved, the money will be earmarked to pay for rewards in other animal maltreatment cases. Hopefully the Moeller’s donation will inspire others to consider making additional donations and to join the cause to protect these helpless creatures.
We all must do our part. Every phone call made, every donation and every discussion, brings awareness and encourages others to do their part to help end unspeakable cruelty to animals.