IDA Offers Reward in Alabama Dog Abuse Case

February 26th, 2013 by Eric Phelps



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 In Defense Of Animals Offers $1,500 Reward In Horrific Dog Abuse Case

 Dog found dragging twenty pound chain embedded in her neck

Athens, Ala. (February 25, 2013)In Defense of Animals (IDA), the international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi, has offered a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever tethered a friendly pit bull with a twenty pound chain, leaving her to suffer while the chain slowly embedded into her neck.

On the evening of February 18, someone found the unnamed female pit bull dragging a twenty pound chain that was deeply embedded into her neck. The kind person took her to Town and Country Animal Hospital in Athens, where Dr. John Hammons examined and treated her. “Due to the wounds on the neck, head, face and front legs, she appears to be an intact female, so she was probably used as a bait type dog for enticing others to fight,” Dr. Hammon told local media.

The cold-bloodedness of this terrible crime indicates what a danger this person is to all of us,” said Eric Phelps, Emergency Response Unit Coordinator for IDA. “Someone knows who did this, and he or she will be serving the entire community by stepping forward.” Phelps added that studies have repeatedly shown, and the FBI and other law enforcement agencies agree, that a person who commits cruelty to animals very often moves on to commit acts of violence against people, especially when the cruelty to animals goes unpunished.

IDA urges anyone with information about this brutal incident to contact the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department at 256-232-0111.