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July 6, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Georgetown, S.C., Dog Deaths, Attempted Drowning

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­binding multiple dogs, throwing them in the water and leaving them to die in a Georgetown canal.

The Case: The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office gives the following account: On Monday, a group of fisherman found a black Labrador struggling in the water and discovered that the dog’s legs and muzzle had been bound with duct tape. Deputies, with the assistance of local firefighters, were able to rescue the dog, who has since been named Dara. The dog was transported to the Saint Frances Animal Center where she is being treated for her injuries. On Thursday, two dead dogs were found bound and muzzled with duct tape in the same spot on the canal. Investigators believe the crimes are connected.

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.

“Only an especially depraved person could commit such a malicious act of cruelty toward multiple animals,” said Kim Kelly, The HSUS’ South Carolina state director. “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime."

The Investigators: The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (843) 546-5102. Anonymous tips can also be sent by using Text-A-Tip. Just dial 274637 from a text-enabled cell phone, and text “GCSOTIP” followed by your message.

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: Pepper Van Tassell: 240-751-0232; pvantassell@humanesociety.org

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