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 severely underweight dog on Pecan Point Drive in Brunswick, Georgia.

The Case:  On the afternoon of October 11, Glynn County Animal Control responded to a request for assistance from the Glynn County Police Department to rescue a severely emaciated dog found abandoned in a crate inside a porta-potty at a construction site for a new housing development. It is not known how long the dog suffered in this condition. After receiving emergency medical care overnight, the dog, now called Rusty, was transferred from animal control to a rescue group, where he is recovering from his physical and psychological injuries.

Animal Cruelty: Securing the serious attention and engagement of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the whole community. 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.

“This dog was starving, caged and left to die in horrific conditions. The person who did this showed cruel indifference to the suffering of an animal. It is heartbreaking to imagine what this dog endured,” said Debra Berger, Georgia state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “Thank goodness a Good Samaritan alerted authorities in time and he is receiving veterinary care. We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this despicable act.”

Glynn County animal control officers and Glynn County police officers are investigating this case. Anyone with relevant information is asked to call the Glynn County Animal Shelter at 912-554-7501 or email

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 work to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The Humane Society of the United States doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member. 

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