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 person responsible for the cruel treatment of a dog who was found with a carabiner through his neck in Defuniak Springs, Florida. This addition to existing rewards from Alaqua Animal Refuge and others brings the total reward offered to $9,750.

The Case: On July 19, Walton County Animal Control responded to a call about an injured dog on Dogwood Road. The caller noticed the dog under his trailer but said the dog would growl when he tried to approach. When animal control officers arrived they noticed that a metal oval object with a chain hanging from it was embedded in the dog’s skin. Rescuers named the yellow Labrador retriever Woodrow. He has recovered from his injuries at Alaqua Animal Refuge and will be placed for adoption in a new loving home pending release from the shelter.

“In releasing the photo of the dog’s injuries, we are hoping someone will come forward with information,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “These injuries did not happen by accident.”

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 callous act led to the suffering of a dog and should not be tolerated" said Kate MacFall, Florida state director for the Humane Society of the United States. "We hope that anyone with information about this terrible crime will come forward."

The Investigators: Anyone with information is asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850-892-8186 or you can remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application or the Walton County Sheriff’s Office smartphone app.

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. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, visit our animal cruelty statistics page.

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