The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of $5,000, each, for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for two heinous animal crimes in DeKalb County, Georgia.
Case One: News reports give the following account: On June 6th a DeKalb County passerby found two 10-month old beagle puppies abandoned on the side of the road. It’s presumed that the puppies had been fending for themselves for months, according to a report by WSB-TV. Angels Among Us rescue group was contacted to provide medical care; unfortunately one of the puppies did not survive. The remaining puppy is still in the care of Angels Among Us; he has pneumonia but is getting stronger every day.
Case Two: News reports give the following account: On June 6th a DeKalb county resident found a chow chow mix, buried up to her nose in dirt. After 30 minutes of digging, she was freed and taken to DeKalb County animal shelter for care. Unfortunately, she died the next day, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.
Debra Berger, the Humane Society of the United States’ Georgia state director, says: “We are saddened that these innocent dogs have suffered so greatly due to human cruelty and neglect. We hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of these cruel acts.”
The Investigators: DeKalb County Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Animal Cruelty Unit at 404-294-2645.
Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.
The National Sheriffs’ Association and the HSUS launched ICE BlackBox, a free smartphone tool, to allow users to record video of illegal animal cruelty and share it securely with law enforcement for possible investigation and prosecution.
The HSUS doubled its standard cruelty reward, for each case, from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, visit our animal cruelty statistics page.
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