REWARD: 4 Calves Burned to Death from Fireworks Attack – Sanilac County, Michigan

I understand the suffering an animal goes through as a burn victim. I can’t imagine the terror and pain these four calves went through. Please if you have any information contact Deputy Todd Laming at 810-648-2000 extension 2.” Dan McKernan

Media Contact: Emily Ehrhorn: 202-779-1814;

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the cruel and thoughtless fireworks attack that killed four calves in Sanilac County.

The Case: The Sanilac County Sheriff’s Department responded to a fireworks complaint on July 28th, 2018. Arriving at the scene, they discovered that a motorist had deliberately launched fireworks into a cow pasture, causing a fire that killed four calves. The suspected vehicle was a small passenger car traveling west on Cumber Road.

Animal Cruelty: Violence against animals is a crime that affects entire communities. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and many other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault. Securing the serious attention and engagement of law enforcement officials, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the whole community.

This callous act led to the painful death of four young animals,” said Molly Tamulevich, Michigan state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope that anyone with information about this terrible crime will come forward.

The Investigators: The Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case. Anyone with relevant information should contact Deputy Todd Laming at 810-648-2000 extension 2.

Resources: The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources and support to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators, and families. We offer rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The Humane Society of the United States has doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member. For information on statistics, trends, laws, and animal cruelty categories, click here.

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