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 inhumane neglect of a dog eaten by maggots in College Park, Georgia. This adds to an existing $1,000 raised by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue to create a total reward of $6,000.

The Case: The Clayton County Animal Control gives the following account: A good samaritan found a dog suffering from thousands of maggots on and in his body in an egregious act of cruelty near Fayetteville Road in College Park. The person called Clayton County Animal Control about the male cocker spaniel who then contacted Angels Among Us Pet Rescue. The rescue group, who named the dog Ronzo, transported him to a veterinarian. Ronzo underwent surgery in an attempt to save his life but died soon after.

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

"While HSUS recognizes that money cannot undo the suffering that Ronzo experienced, we offer this financial contribution in the hope that the perpetrator will be found. Many thanks to Angels Among Us Pet Rescue for providing comfort to Ronzo in his last hours,” stated Debra Berger, Georgia state director for the HSUS. “The seriousness with which the Clayton County Police Department is pursuing this case leads us to trust that justice will be served.”

The Clayton County Animal Control is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Clayton County Animal Control at 770-477-3509.

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 HSUS recently 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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