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Reward Offered in Craven County, N.C., Dog Neglect 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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­abandoning two Great Danes found emaciated in Croatan National Forest in Craven County, N.C.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On Nov. 16, a good Samaritan discovered two emaciated Great Danes in the Croatan National Forest in Craven County. The dogs, who are now named Shellie and Paddy, were each about 100 pounds underweight and suffered from large open wounds. It appears that the dogs had been living in a cage or structure before being dumped in the forest; the lack of calluses on their pads reflects little physical activity. Both dogs are recovering with volunteers from Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League. 

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.

“These dogs were 100 pounds underweight. It’s hard to imagine that anyone could turn their backs to these gentle giants and ignore their needs for such an extended period of time,” said Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director of The Humane Society of the United States. “It is a miracle that the dogs survived, and it is our hope that a reward will help find those responsible for this reprehensible neglect.”

The Investigators: Craven-Pamlico Animal Services is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Craven-Pamlico Animal Services Center at (252) 637-4606.

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. To see our journalists' animal cruelty resource guide, which includes information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to: humanesociety.org/crueltyresources.

Media Contact: Pepper Van Tassell: (240) 751-0232; pvantassell@humanesociety.org