Reward growing in dog-skinning case

Published 1:48 pm Monday, June 4, 2012

The reward for information in an animal cruelty case that shocked Chilton County continues to grow.

The reward for an arrest and conviction in the case of Bama, Delana Dunnaway’s one-year pug that was found skinned alive in May, is now above $13,500.

According to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, an anonymous donor pledged $10,000 toward the reward — $2,500 for an arrest and $7,500 after a conviction.

“This is a tragic incident that has shocked and appalled people in our community, and we’ve received several calls from concerned citizens asking how they could help,” said Kelli Holmes, GBHS director of development.

The pledge is in addition to the $2,500 offered by the Humane Society of the United States and two $500 rewards posted by the Alabama Humane Federation and the Alabama Animal Control Association.

Donors interested can make a pledge to be collected once an arrest is made or can send in donations that will be held in the GBHS “Skipper Fund” for up to 18 months.

If an arrest isn’t made in that time period, the money will be used to treat animal cruelty cases that need medical attention.

“Animal cruelty is a big issue in our state, and we are doing everything we can to fight it on a daily basis,” said Holmes. “This is our way to help bring justice for this family that has suffered the loss of a family pet.”

To make a pledge, contact Holmes at (205) 397-8539.

Chilton County Sheriff Kevin Davis said that his office is still in the process of getting Bama to the University of Florida for a necropsy, which will be the next step in the ongoing investigation.