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September 3, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in the Death of One Dog, Shooting of Another in Wrightsville, Ga.

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of one dog and the wounding of a second dog on Jonah Hall Road in Wrightsville, Ga., on Saturday. 

The Case:

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department gives the following account: On Saturday, two dogs were shot on Jonah Hall Road, off of Moore’s Chapel Road, in Wrightsville. One dog, a small, black hound-mix puppy, died as a result of gunshot wounds. The second dog, a young, brown pit bull-mix, was wounded, but has survived. The pit bull has been named “Hope” in hopes that she will live.

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.

“There is no excuse for wounding or killing defenseless animals like these two dogs in Wrightsville,” said Cheryl McAuliffe, The HSUS’ Georgia state director.  “We hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of this horrible crime.”

The Investigators:

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 478-864-3941.

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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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization – backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. 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

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