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Reward Offered in Georgia Dog Hanging

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 the hanging of a dog in DeKalb County, Georgia. This adds to an existing $4,000 reward from Stubby’s Heroes bringing the total to $9,000.

The Case: DeKalb County Police give the following account: On May 21, 2015, a woman found a deceased dog hanging by a metal chain from a bridge on Kelly Lake Road in DeKalb County, Georgia. The woman who found the dog had seen the dog before in the neighborhood, but investigators found no collar or tags on the dog. Police describe the dog as a female brown-and-white pit bull mix around 1-year-old. Officers believe this was an intentional act and say the dog suffered injuries to her paws from attempting to climb up the wall.           

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.

“It takes a truly callous person to harm a defenseless animal in this way,” said Debra Berger, Georgia state director for The HSUS. “We appreciate the seriousness with which the DeKalb County Police has pursued this case, and we hope that this reward will help bring the perpetrators to justice.”

"It really is something that’s very horrific,” said DeKalb County Police Spokeswoman Mekka Parrish. "If there are residents or people who frequent that Kelly Lake Road area, we certainly want them to call us if they've noticed that a neighbor no longer has their white and brown pit bull mix in their backyard, or if you see someone walking this particular dog on a consistent basis and they haven't done that in the last couple of days, we certainly welcome any leads.”

The Investigators: DeKalb County Police are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call DeKalb County Police at (404) 294-2645.

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 National Sheriffs’ Association and The HSUS recently launched ICE BlackBox, a free smartphone tool, to allow users to record video of illegal animal cruelty and share it securely with law enforcement for possible investigation and prosecution. 

The HSUS recently doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.  

Media Contact: Heather Sullivan; 240-477-2251; hsullivan@humanesociety.org 

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