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Reward offered in dog killing case in Metter, Georgia

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 death of two dogs in Metter, Georgia.

The Case: At around 10 p.m. on May 6, two deceased dogs were found at the end of Salem Road at MLK Boulevard. The manner of death is suspicious, and the Metter Police Department is actively investigating.

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.

“It takes a heartless person to harm and kill defenseless animals like these two dogs found in Metter,” said Debra Berger, Georgia state director for The HSUS. “We hope our reward will help find the perpetrator of this cruel act.”

The Investigators: Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact investigator Cpl. James McKie with the Metter Police Department at 912-685-5437, 912-685-2291 or james.mckie@metterpd.com.

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 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, click here.  

Media Contact: Samantha Miller: 301-258-1466; smiller@humanesociety.org

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