January 7, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward In German Shepherd's Death, Dismemberment
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death and dismemberment of a German shepherd found behind Party City in Duluth, Ga.
The Gwinnett County Police Department gives the following account: On Dec. 17, a Gwinnett County Animal Control officer found a dismembered, dead dog behind Party City, at 1630 Pleasant Hill Rd. in Duluth. The animal's body was taken to the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center where a necropsy was performed. Dr. Melinda Merck, Senior Director of Veterinary Forensics for the ASPCA, determined the dog died from a stab wound, but could not tell whether the dog was dismembered pre- or post-mortem. The dog was a male German shepherd, about 1 year old.
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. 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," said Cheryl McAuliffe, The HSUS' Georgia state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Gwinnett County Animal Cruelty Unit is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 770-339-3200.
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. To see our journalists' animal cruelty resource guide, which includes information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to: humanesociety.org/crueltyresources.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.