A $2,000 reward has been offered to find the person responsible for chaining and starving two dogs in Clayton County, Georgia. One dog survived, but the other dog, posthumously named Dreamer, died an excruciating slow and painful death. The story surrounding the plight of the two abandoned dogs captured national attention. Police are stating they do have a person of interest, but no arrests have been made at this time.
Animal control initially responded last week to an eviction notice at a vacant home on Denson Boulevard in Morrow where they found the two dogs chained outside. The dogs, not more than three years of age, had been left tethered in the rear of the home. At first glance, Animal Control thought Dreamer was dead – it was only when she flicked her ear that officers tried to save her. Tragically Dreamer died on the way to the veterinarian hospital
“Both dogs were extremely emaciated,” Clayton County Animal Control Commander Capt. Anthony Thuman said in a press conference Monday. “This is a horrific and disturbing case of abuse, and is being given the highest priority in our department,” reported the Facebook page, Justice for Dreamer in a press release.
Police have identified the last tenant at the home and intend to question him. According to Thuman, whoever is charged will face several counts of animal abuse that could lead to felony charges. Bonnie Wooden, an active rescuer and animal advocate, started the hashtag #JusticeForDreamer. A YouCaring page has been set up to help find the person(s) responsible for the horrific deed, raise awareness for animal abuse and encourage people to speak up when they suspect animal cruelty. If Dreamer’s owner is not found, Bonnie wants the money used to rally against stronger anti tethering laws as well as spay and neuter programs.
The second dog rescued, now named Love, will be ready for adoption on Friday.
In the event that anyone had information about this case, or any other case involving the cruel or inhumane treatment of an animal, contact the Clayton County Police Department Animal Control unit at (770)477-3509.
Rest in peace Dreamer.
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(Photos of Dreamer and Love via Facebook)