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Group offers major reward for info on tortured Cherokee Co. dogs
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WALESKA, Ga. -- Law enforcement in Cherokee County have found the owners of two tortured dogs but continue working to find the culprits involved in the animals' deaths.

And now a group is offering $5,000 for information on the people who did it.

Atlanta Humane Society partnered with the Atlanta security firm Norred and Associates to offer the reward in connection with what the groups call a "horriffic case of animal cruelty".

The incident was first reported in Waleska on Wednesday.

There a person walking on Friendship Road found two pit bull mix dogs – one male and one female – on the ground facing each other.  Further inspection revealed something much more disturbing however.

The male dog had a crudely-made brace strapped to his front leg with duct tape.  An examination by a veterinarian revealed that the male dog had also suffered a puncture wound to his left eye and had some sort of object inserted into him ripping out a portion of the intestines.

The female dog had apparently recently been spayed but was shot as well.

The two dogs were positioned to face each other where the caller said they were found.

Now Cherokee County officials want answers.

Officials with the Cherokee Marshal’s Office called the act “heinous” and are asking for help from the public and local vets to help identify the person – or people – involved.

The department has also distributed a scene photo of the two dogs in an effort to find where they came from and possible find their killer. However the image was too graphic to include in this story directly.

The photo can be found here, however viewer discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of the photo.

Friday morning, Cherokee County officials said they located the owners of the dogs and said they are cooperating. Their names were not released.

This case is still under investigation; anyone with information is asked to contact the Cherokee Marshal’s Office at 678-493-6210.

For reward eligibility, the security company partnering with the humane society has opened a tip line at 1-877-215-2250. Tipsters can also log on to helpstopdogfighting.com to share leads.

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