MEDIA RELEASE: $500 Reward for Information About Horrendous Animal Cruelty Case in Mississippi

MEDIA RELEASE: $500 Reward for Information About Horrendous Animal Cruelty Case in Mississippi

GRENADA, Miss. (June 30, 2022)In Defense of Animals, the international animal protection organization operating the Justice for Animals Campaign and Hope Animal Sanctuary in Carroll County, Mississippi, is pledging a $500 reward for information leading to the discovery of the person or persons who brutalized Lady, a dog in Grenada.

Selby and Coke Turner’s dog Lady, a Labrador/Blue Queensland Heeler mix, went missing for two days. When Lady returned home, a friend of the Turners noticed that Lady was in grave distress. Lady was rushed to Veterinary Associates in Grenada and then to Mississippi State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Lady suffered internal injuries and severe rectal trauma. Even with extensive treatment, Lady would not recover.

Lady’s size and power could have prohibited a single assailant from harming her. The torment that she suffered would likely have required co-conspirators in the vile act. 

Under the Mississippi Dog and Cat Protection Act, an adult offender would be charged with a felony and could incur severe penalties. With the passage of Buddy’s Law, youths twelve and under are mandated psychiatric evaluation and counseling as of July 1, 2022. The horrendous cruelty to Lady escapes the mandates of Buddy’s Law as the law was not in effect at the time of her torment. However, action can be taken to expose her violators and work within their family unit to get help for them.

“This is an absolutely horrifying case of animal cruelty, and we hope whoever is responsible for inflicting unimaginable suffering on Lady is identified and held accountable. This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated in society,” said Doll Stanley, In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals Campaign Director. “We’ve championed tougher laws to protect animals from cruelty, like Buddy’s Law, and are grateful to lawmakers who have pushed them through, but they’re only strong if they’re enforced.”  

Animal abusers pose a severe public safety risk. Anyone with information leading to the person or persons who maliciously harmed Lady can anonymously contact In Defense of Animals’  Justice for Animals campaign office at (662) 809-4483.

For 29 years, In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals Campaign has actively worked with law enforcement, court officials, and citizens of Mississippi for the prevention and prosecution of animal cruelty under existing statutes and ordinances and to pass laws that civilized societies should afford their most vulnerable.

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Contact: Doll Stanley,, (662) 809-4483

In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization based in Marin county, California, with over 250,000 supporters and a 39-year history of fighting for animals, people, and the environment through education and campaigns, as well as its hands-on rescue facilities in India, South Korea, and rural Mississippi.


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