72-HOURS TO END CRUELTY CAMPAIGN RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY
Attorney Shelly Leeke matching all gifts to Charleston Animal Society up to $10,000!
In the past three months more than 20 animal victims of cruelty have come through the doors of Charleston Animal Society. “We are looking at a problem of overwhelming proportions, and all of us need to work together to stop it,” said Charleston Animal Society President and CEO Joe Elmore, CFRE, CAWA. “Too many broken souls continue to need our help.”
The latest victim is “Lana,” a 10-year-old dog brought in March 9th after being beaten and severely cut. Lana’s wounds, including head injuries, were so severe she needed ongoing emergency treatment from Charleston Animal Society’s veterinarian team. Law Enforcement is investigating the case.
Since December, victims of animal abuse have included:
- A dog shot and killed in North Charleston
- 5 dogs stolen from a home on Johns Island
- A kitten shot in the spine in North Charleston
- 10 dogs rescued from a Midlands shelter flooded by a hoarding case
- A dog left abandoned, chained in the woods on Johns Island
- A dog with a gaping wound left abandoned, tied to a pole in North Charleston
- A beagle pushed out of a car near Edisto Island
72 HOUR CAMPAIGN TO END CRUELTY
To fight back, Charleston Animal Society is holding a 72-Hour Campaign to End Cruelty Thursday through Saturday. Attorney Shelly Leeke has stepped forward to match every donation up to $10,000. “Just last year, I adopted my dog Ethel from Charleston Animal Society, after she was rescued as part of a large hoarding case,” Leeke said. “Together, we can continue the fight to end animal cruelty. Please give!”
Donate and have your gift doubled at CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/donate
Research has shown that animal abuse often leads to human violence. “If someone is hurting an animal, there’s a good chance they’re hurting a human,” said Charleston Animal Society Vice President of Operations and Strategy Aldwin Roman, CAWA. “That’s why it’s so important that we do everything possible to stop animal cruelty.”
The FBI now tracks felony animal cruelty cases in their national criminal database, believing animal cruelty is a precursor to larger crimes.
FIVE WAYS YOU CAN FIGHT ANIMAL CRUELTY
- If you see abuse or neglect, report it to your local police.
- Teach children compassion and empathy for animals.
- Educate people who may not understand that their treatment of animals is neglect or cruelty.
- Contact your lawmakers to strengthen South Carolina cruelty laws, among the weakest in the nation.
- Donate to the 72 Hours to End Cruelty Campaign
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