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 cruel poisoning of three dogs in Tallassee, Alabama.

The Case:  Tallassee Animal Control responded to complaints of dogs who had been poisoned on January 11, 12 and 26, all in the same residential area. Only the dog discovered on January 26 survived and is currently under the care of a veterinarian.

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.

“This heinous act led to the suffering and death of two beloved family pets and the third dog’s life hangs in the balance,” said Mindy Gilbert, Alabama senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “This reward is offered in the hopes that anyone with information about this crime will come forward.”

The Investigators: Tallassee officials will receive tips called into City Hall, 334-283-6571.

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. For information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.

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