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 people responsible for the death of Wishes, a blonde retriever/lab mix .
Police reports give the following account: The dog was found shot at close range in Wildcat Creek subdivision in Gilmer County, Ga. on October 20, 2008. She was immediately rushed to the veterinarian at Appalachian Animal Hospital who determined she had been shot in the stomach at close range. Although she received the utmost in veterinary care, she did not survive due to the extent of her injuries.
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, Georgia state director for The HSUS. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Gilmer County Sherriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 706-635-4625.
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