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—duct taping a dog’s mouth shut and abandoning him, causing him to starve to death.

The Case: Orangeburg County Animal Control reports that a citizen passing by Yale St. near Salley, South Carolina, on June 19 located the body of a dog with his mouth bound with white duct tape. The dog appeared to have starved to death and was dumped at the location.

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.

Kim Kelly, the HSUS’ South Carolina state director said: “Taping a dog’s mouth shut and allowing the animal to starve to death is heartbreakingly cruel and also a serious crime. We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this despicable act.”

Orangeburg County Animal Control is investigating, and anyone with information about the case is asked to call 803-534-0045.

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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