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—abandoning a dog after duct taping his head in Candler County, Georgia.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On June 13, a citizen found an abandoned dog on Stillmore Highway near the edge of Candler County. The dog had a heavy chain around his neck, and his head was tightly duct taped.

The Metter Fire and Rescue helped remove the chain and duct tape, ensuring the dog’s survival. A veterinary examination determined the dog is now in good condition, and he is recovering at the Metter Animal Shelter.

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.

Debra Berger, Georgia state director for the HSUS said: “Taping a dogs head and abandoning him is heartbreakingly cruel, and also a crime. We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this cowardly act.”

The Candler County Sheriff’s office is investigating in cooperation with the Metter Animal Shelter. Anyone with information is asked to email or call the sheriff’s office at 912-685-2568.

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, visit our animal cruelty statistics page.

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