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Reward Offered in Puppy Mutilation Case in York County, South Carolina

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 mutilating a puppy in York County, South Carolina.

The Case: According to news reports, someone cut the fur and burned the genitals of a 3-month-old brown and white beagle/pit bull mix. The puppy escaped his kennel and was later found by his owner and taken to a veterinarian for treatment. The incident occurred around April 2 along the 2800-block of Gordon Road in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

The York County Sheriff's Office is seeking information to find whoever is responsible for this crime.

Kim Kelly, South Carolina state director for The HSUS said: “This is a particularly cruel and disturbing crime. It’s sickening to think about the suffering this dog experienced and knowing there’s an individual or individuals in our state who would perpetrate this type of abuse. We hope this reward will lead to information about who committed this despicable act.”

The Investigators: York County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 877-409-4321.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents 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.

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.  

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org         

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