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 injuring and abandoning two young dogs in Lancaster County, South Carolina, near the Chester County border.

The Case: Two young female dogs were found Sept. 23, 2020, on Highway 200 in Lancaster County. Neither dog had a collar or microchip. The dogs, since named Honey and Amber, are both being treated for severe injuries on their faces and muzzles.

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.  

“The bloodied and torn conditions that Honey and Amber were found in are absolutely horrific,” said Kelsey Gilmore-Futeral, South Carolina state director for the Humane Society of the United States.

The Investigators: The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this case. Anyone with relevant information is asked to call 803-283-3388.

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 doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member.

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