Bulletin Staff Report

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information involving the stabbing of nine baby pigs in Santa Anna in late August.

U.S. Humane Society officials said the reward would be paid for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for the incident.

According to reports, nine 6-week-old pigs were stabbed at a south Santa Anna home during the night of Aug. 30 or the morning of Aug. 31, humane society officials said. Five pigs died instantly. Two pigs had to be euthanized, and two other pigs survived their injuries and were taken to a Coleman veterinary clinic for rehabilitation.

Perry Patrick was raising the pigs for show for his grandchildren.

The Santa Anna Police Department is investigating, but has few leads in the case. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the police department at (325) 348-3147, Santa Anna City Hall at (325) 348-3403 or the Coleman County Sheriff’s department (324) 625-3506.

Lou Guyton, southwest region director for the Humane Society of the U.S., said getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community.

The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented, he said. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

“Those who abuse animals can be dangerous to people, too,” Guyton said. “Texans should have no tolerance for violence against animals.”

The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. Its Web site is humanesociety.org/cruelty.