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May 30, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States, The Alabama Humane Federation and the Alabama Animal Control Association Offer Reward in Alabama Dog Cruelty Case

The Alabama Humane Federation, Alabama Animal Control Association

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 Chilton County family’s pet dog by skinning him alive. The Alabama Humane Federation and the Alabama Animal Control Association have each offered $500, making the reward total $3,500.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On Friday, May 22, at 5:15 p.m., Bama, a little pug belonging to the Dunnaway family in Chilton County, was let outside.  Just a short while later, Bama was found in the woods behind the family home, skinned alive. He was promptly rushed to Calera veterinary clinic where he was euthanized.

“It takes a truly callous and depraved person to torture an innocent, defenseless dog like Bama,” said Mindy Gilbert, Alabama state director for The HSUS. “This poor dog suffered horribly and we hope that this reward will help urge anyone with information about this heinous crime to step forward and talk to the police.”

Bama lived in the Mountain Oak Estates subdivision in Chilton County. The subdivision is relatively small and local residents have been alerted in order to be extra cautious when letting their pets outside.

The Investigators: The case is being investigated by the Chilton County Sheriff Office. Anyone with information should call 205-755-4698, or the secret witness hotline, 205-755-7898

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, go to humanesociety.org.

Media Contact: Katie Jarl, 301.258.1483, kjarl@humanesociety.org

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