Reward grows in animal abuse case

By CHRISTINE BOATWRIGHT / Staff Writer

MONTEVALLO – A reward continues to grow for information leading to an arrest in the Montevallo dog-skinning case.

The Humane Society of the United States, through its anti-cruelty funding, is offering $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators, said Mindy Gilbert, the Alabama state director for the Humane Society.

The Alabama Humane Federation and the Animal Control Association are each contributing an additional $500 to bring the reward to $3,500.

“We’re delighted to be able to put the reward in place,” Gilbert said.

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society is also raising money to offer as a reward.

“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, director of development for the GBHS, in a press release.

An anonymous donor pledged $10,000 toward the reward, $2,500 when an arrest is made and $7,500 after a conviction.

According to the release, donors can make a pledge that will be collected once an arrest is made or send in a donation that will be held in the GBHS Skipper Fund for up to 18 months. If an arrest and conviction is not made within the 18 months, the funds will be used to treat animals of cruelty that need extensive surgeries and medical attention. To make a pledge, contact Holmes at 397-8539.