January 15, 2009
Reward Offered In Madison, Ga. Pit Bull Cruelty Case
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 killing a pit bull and disposing of her bagged remains near a Madison, Ga. Dumpster. The HSUS reward offered is in addition to a $500 reward offered by The Humane Society of Morgan County, raising the total reward offered to $3,000.
The HSUS and The Humane Society of Morgan County also offer rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a dogfighter. If a tip on this case results in an arrest and conviction on dogfighting charges instead of, or in addition to, animal cruelty charges, the tipster will be eligible for an upgraded reward of up to $5,000 from The HSUS, and $1,000 from The Humane Society of Morgan County.
Madison Animal Control investigators give the following account: On Friday, a dead pit bull was found stuffed inside a black trash bag that was placed behind a Dumpster at Arby's, at 1951 Eatonton Rd. A necropsy revealed the red female dog sustained more than 100 puncture wounds that appeared consistent with dogfighting injuries.
"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."
City of Madison Animal Control is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 706-342-9604.
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.
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.