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October 22, 2013

Reward Offered in Macon Shelter Break-in and Alleged Animal Assaults

The Humane Society of the United States also provides grant for shelter recovery efforts

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­breaking in to “All About Animals” rescue in Macon, Ga., and leaving three dogs killed and 15 injured. The HSUS is also providing a $2,500 Shelters in Crisis grant to assist with repairs, veterinary care, enhanced security and other recovery efforts.    

The Case: Shelter staff and local Crimestoppers give the following account: Volunteers with “All About Animals” reported arriving to the shelter Thursday, Oct. 17, and finding several cages open and multiple dogs with bite marks and lacerations. Some of the dogs appeared to have wounds that were not caused by other animals, including a female pit bull with an apparent stab wound. According to shelter staff, her injuries left her fighting for her life.  

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.

Inga Fricke, director of shelter and rescue group services for The Humane Society of the United States, said: “Sheltering facilities should be safe havens for homeless animals, and it is inexcusable for someone to break in and put animals’ lives at risk, or worse, physically attack them. We hope that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this disturbing crime and that our grant will help All About Animals continue their lifesaving work."

The Investigators: Macon Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 1-877-68-CRIME.

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. The HSUS recently doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from HSUS board member Cathy Kangas and her husband Ed Kangas of New Canaan, Conn. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.  

Media Contact: Raul Arce-Contreras: 301-721-6440, cell 240-620-3263 rcontreras@humanesociety.org

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