In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Georgia Dog Abuse Case

Xena was found abandoned after having been nearly starved to death

DeKalb County, Ga. (September 27, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever starved a puppy nearly to death, and then abandoned her in DeKalb County.

Xena, a 4-month old lab-retriever mix puppy, was found abandoned on a homeowner’s front yard on September 15. “She was cold to the touch,” Lynn Herron of Friends of DeKalb Animals told WXIA TV. “She was probably 30 minutes to an hour” from dying. “She was breathing…the dog couldn’t walk, so it’s unclear to me how the dog got there. Somebody had to have dumped the dog.”

“The cold-bloodedness of this 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 FBI and other law enforcement agencies agree that a person who commits cruelty to animals “is probably just warming up,” a reference to studies showing that unpunished violence to animals usually leads to violence directed at people.

IDA urges anyone with information about this brutal attack to contact Sgt. Tim Medlin of the DeKalb County Police at 404-294-2645 or DeKalb Animal Control at 404-294-2996. To contribute to the reward fund, please call IDA at (415) 448-0048, ext.0.

Contact: Eric Phelps,, 503-754-0977

In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization located in San Rafael, Calif. dedicated to protecting animals' rights, welfare, and habitat through education, outreach, and our hands-on rescue facilities in Mumbai, India, Cameroon, Africa, and rural Mississippi. _________________________________________________________________________________

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