April 29, 2016
Reward Offered in Case of Puppies Found in Garbage Bag in Barbour County, Alabama
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 dumping a sealed garbage bag of dogs near the Barbour County Home Health Service in Clayton, Alabama.
The Case: News reports give the following account: On April 25, two teenagers heard strange sounds coming from a wooded area off County Shop and Browder Road and determined the noises were coming from a garbage bag. The teens discovered the bag contained a deceased adult female dog, a deceased puppy and 10 live puppies and called authorities. A police report has been filed and the investigation is ongoing.
The puppies are being cared for by volunteers with Barbour County PALS.
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 other crimes, including narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.
Clayton Police chief Jamey Williams said: “Clayton Police department takes animal abuse seriously and if the proper information is forthcoming, criminal charges will be levied. “
Mindy Gilbert, Alabama senior state director for The HSUS, said: “Alabama has laws in place to protect defenseless animals from this type of cruel treatment and I hope the reward will bring the necessary information to light resulting in an arrest and criminal charges.”
The Investigators: The Clayton Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to call 334-775-8011
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 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 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.
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