$5K reward for info about skunks killed in 'Obama Stinks' incident
Updated 6:58 am, Thursday, March 12, 2015
Fairfield, Conn. -- A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Humane Society of the United States for information about the mutilation of two skunks whose carcasses were found in Fairfield Tuesday -- one fastened to a utility pole -- along with a sign proclaiming "Obama Stinks."
Local animal-control officials were notified Wednesday by Annie Hornish, state director for the organization, that it is offering the reward for information about the bizarre incident involving two dead skunks at the corner of Park and Jackman avenues a day earlier.
As of Wednesday morning, however, police had no new information about their investigation into the incident.
"There are more appropriate ways to express one's political views," Police Chief Gary MacNamara said. "Killing skunks and displaying it for the public to see is inappropriate, illegal and unacceptable."
In a statement announcing the reward, Hornish said the Humane Society is "grateful that Fairfield police and Animal Control are taking this grisly crime seriously -- there is absolutely no excuse for mutilating defenseless animals like these skunks. We hope our reward helps find the person responsible for committing this horrible act.
"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," Hornish added in the statement. "The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault."
Anyone believed responsible for the incident likely would face charges of breach of peace and animal cruelty, police indicated.
The skunks were discovered after a woman called police around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday to report there appeared to be a dead skunk nailed to the telephone pole. When officers arrived, they found two dead skunks at the site -- one had heavy string wrapped around its neck and was nailed to the pole about 4 feet from the ground. The second skunk was lying at the base of the pole.
Above the skunks was posted an 8-by-11-inch laminated sign, which, in addition to the anti-Obama sentiment, bore an image of the American flag with a hammer and sickle in place of the stars.
Police ask that anyone with information call the department at 203-254-4800 or the Animal Control office at 203-254-4857