Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Decatur, Ga. Puppy Starving Case

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for starving a puppy named Little Bit in Decatur, Ga.

The Case:

Police and news reports give the following account: Two people dropped off a malnourished puppy at the Village Vets of Decatur Thursday night, prompting staffers to call DeKalb County Animal Control to investigate possible animal cruelty. The mixed-breed pit bull puppy was so emaciated that she couldn't stand or lift her head.

Video surveillance from the clinic showed a man and a woman getting out of a black SUV to drop off the puppy at the front lobby. The woman filled out paperwork indicating the dog is named Little Bit, but she provided false information, including the alias Tamika Howard. Veterinarians determined the dog was not ill or diseased, and detectives believe food was intentionally withheld from the 5-month-old puppy. Little Bit has gained a few pounds since her arrival at the clinic.

Animal Cruelty:

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 Investigators:

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the DeKalb County Police Department's Animal Cruelty Unit at 404-294-2645.

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