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Reward Offered in Severe Dog Cruelty Case in Marlboro County, SC

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 severely and cruelly injuring a dog.

The Case: The Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office reports that an injured dog was first spotted near Academy Road nearly two weeks ago, and was picked up by animal control after neighbors reported that he was severely injured. The type of abuse inflicted is cruel and strange and a criminal investigation has been initiated by MCSO. The Humane Society of Marlboro County is assisting with the investigation. The dog has undergone several medical procedures at two veterinary hospitals and is expected to recover.

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.

Sheriff Fred Knight of Marlboro County said: “The abuse that was inflicted upon this animal is inhumane. For the preservation of the Investigation we aren’t getting into specifics at this time about the exact nature of the abuse. I urge anyone with a heart to please call if you have any information that will help us bring the person to justice who is behind this.”

Kim Kelly, South Carolina state director for The HSUS said: “There is no excuse for purposefully harming a defenseless animals like this dog. We hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of this horrible crime.”

The Investigators: The Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about this dog, its prior owner, or the abuse of the dog is asked to call the MCSO at 843-479-5605 or 911 and ask to speak to an investigator. 

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: Samantha Miller: smiller@humanesociety.org; 301-258-1466  



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