Reward offered in animal cruelty case

Published 2:56 pm Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward to anyone with information pertaining to the recent animal cruelty case involving a Chilton County woman’s dog.

Delana Dunnaway’s 1-year-old pug Bama was found skinned alive outside her home on County Road 868 near the Chilton/Shelby County Line. The dog was immediately rushed to Calera Animal Hospital, where Dr. Rhonda Ellison had to euthanize it due to the sheer lack of skin.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in 15 years,” Ellison said. “It was virtually skinned alive. It was not an accident, clearly not an accident.”

The HSUS is offering $2,500 to anyone that can provide information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the incident. The Alabama Humane Federation and the Alabama Animal Control Association have both offered $500, making the reward total $3,500.

“It takes a truly callous and depraved person to torture an innocent, defenseless dog like Bama,” said Mindy Gilbert, Alabama state director for the HSUS. “This poor dog suffered horribly, and we hope that this reward will help urge anyone with information about this heinous crime to step forward and talk to the police.”

To provide information about the case, contact the Chilton County Sheriff’s office at 755-4698, or the secret witness hotline at 755-7898.