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The HSUS Offers Reward In the Shooting Deaths of Champ and Louie

The Humane Society of the United States

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 Champ and Louie, two Bleckley County, Ga. dogs.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On June 21 at about 9 p.m., Champ and Louie were shot at point blank range with buck shot at a property on Jim Wimberly Road. Marjorie Wimberly heard the shots, drove toward the sound of the gunfire and found Champ shot in the head, but still alive, and Louie dead from a gunshot wound. The dogs' owner, Scott Echols, had left home for the store and learned of the dogs' shootings upon his return. Champ was a redbone coonhound and Louie was a border collie. Both were well mannered and very friendly.

Animal Cruelty:

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 Humane Society of the United States' Georgia state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."

The Investigators:

The Bleckley County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 478-934-5181.

Resources:

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. Visit: humanesociety.org/cruelty.

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