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 strangulation and abandonment of an adult dog. 

The Case:  On March 18, the McKamey Animal Center received a tip about an adult German Shepherd deceased in an alleyway with zip ties around her legs. Local law enforcement arrived on the scene and found the dog face-down in a puddle of murky water with red/orange twine and an electric cord wound around her neck. A veterinarian later determined the cause of death was strangulation, noting that the dog showed no sign of a struggle, which suggests to investigators she may have known her attacker.  

“This defenseless dog suffered a terrible, sickening death at the hands of a human—possibly one she trusted—before being callously discarded,” said Laura Bevan, southern regional director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this crime." 

Animal Cruelty: The attention and engagement of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents in cases involving 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 violent crimes, including battery and sexual assault.  

The Investigators: The McKamey Animal Center is investigating this case. Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact Becca Ross, director of animal services for the McKamey Animal Center, at 423-305-6515 or

Resources: The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Cruelty campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and violence toward people and provides 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.  

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