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 death of an adult female chocolate Labrador retriever. The dog was found wrapped in a blanket with other evidence suggesting that the dog had been dragged.  

The Case: The Calvert County Animal Control is investigating the death of a chocolate Labrador retriever. On Dec. 16, 2019, animal control officers responded to the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail pier. Animal control officers found the dog wrapped in a multi-colored blanket with a tow chain and rope tied on one end to a cinder block and the other around the dog’s abdomen. They reported that the dog had also suffered numerous injuries.

"I am sickened by the gruesome death of this innocent dog," said Emily Hovermale, Maryland state director for the Humane Society of the United States. "We hope this reward will encourage anyone with information about this terrible crime to come forward."

“Our officers have been investigating this case and are now seeking the assistance of the public to help determine what has happened to this poor dog,” said Public Safety Director Jackie Vaughan. “We sincerely appreciate any help that can be provided.”

Animal Cruelty: Violence against animals is a crime that affects entire communities. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and many other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault. Securing the serious attention and engagement of law enforcement officials, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the whole community.

The Investigators: Calvert County Animal Control is looking for anyone who may have noticed anything unusual in the hours and days leading up to December 16 near the area of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail pier and is seeking information regarding the source of the dog’s injuries or the address where she may have resided. If you have information, please call 410-535-1600, ext. 2526.

Resources: The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Cruelty campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources and support to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. We offer rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The Humane Society of the United States has doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member. More information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories.

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