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 killing of a mixed-breed puppy found in a dumpster in Hinesville.
According to the Hinesville Police Department, on Nov. 4, a man discovered a white-and-brown dog in a dumpster in the Liberty Square Shopping center. The approximately 1-year-old dog was found with his legs tied together, a bag around his head and his snout duct-taped. The dog was dead when authorities arrived.
Getting the attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community, according to Debra Berger, the society’s Georgia state director. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well-documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.
“It takes a truly heartless person to commit this crime.” Berger said. “There is no excuse for dumping this poor dog like trash. We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this despicable act.”
The HPD is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Det. Joshua Heath at 912-408-8280.
The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing resources to law enforcement, 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.