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The HSUS Offers Reward in Goose Creek, S.C., Dog Killing 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 the fatal bludgeoning of a family dog from a Goose Creek, S.C., residence. The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case. This adds to an existing reward offered by Pet Helpers in Charleston, S.C.

The Case: News reports give the following account: Following a regular morning routine on Dec. 13, the Nolan family’s 4-year-old American bull terrier, Toby, was let out into the yard and disappeared. Witnesses report that on the morning he went missing, a white woman with blonde hair lured Toby into a black Dodge Challenger with tinted windows. On Sunday evening, Toby was found dead in the Nolans’ front yard, his death attributed to blunt force trauma. Toby was a constant companion and protector to Alle Nolan, a 9-year-old with autism. He kept a careful watch on her and was known to help her communicate.

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.

“This callous act of cruelty has shocked local residents, and rightfully so,” said Kimberly Kelly, South Carolina state director for The HSUS. “A cherished companion and great source of comfort to an autistic child was stolen and likely suffered a terribly painful death. Someone capable of purposefully inflicting this kind of malicious harm on a family pet is certainly a danger to the community and, when found, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Investigators: The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (843) 719-4412.

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 information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining: 240-751-3943; stwining@humanesociety.org

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