The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for viciously killing a family's yellow Labrador retriever and severely injuring their other dog, a dachshund-mix. The HSUS reward is offered in addition to a $5,000 reward offered by the Fayetteville-based Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation, raising the total reward available to $7,500.
News reports give the following account: Bobby Jordan entered his home Dec. 3 to find his 3-year-old yellow Labrador, Tibby, lying dead with a visibly broken back. His family's other dog, a 1-year-old dachshund-mix named Daisy, was found clinging to life with multiple puncture wounds. Based on evidence at the scene, investigators believe the injuries were inflicted by a person. Authorities believe someone entered the family's yard between 7 a.m. and noon on Dec. 3. The family lives on the corner of Blue Ridge Road and Halifax Drive in Martinez, Ga.
Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community 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.
"Those who abuse animals can be dangerous to people," said Cheryl McAuliffe, The HSUS' Georgia state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Columbia County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 706-541-1044.
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