$2,500 Reward Offered for Help in Nabbing Person Who Dumped Mother Dog and Pups

PETA Offer Comes After Mother and Nine Puppies Are Found Dead, Two Survive

For Immediate Release:
April 29, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Tacoma, Wash. – On Thursday, an animal control officer discovered a dead 1-year-old mother pit bull inside a plastic bag next to a second bag containing 11 of her puppies, only two of whom were alive. The surviving puppies were estimated to be 3 days old and weighed less than 1 pound each, with body temperatures 10 degrees below normal. They are currently recovering in foster care and will be put up for adoption once they’ve reached 8 weeks of age.

Police believe that the mother dog died of complications during labor and was then thrown out with her puppies, but they have yet to determine who is responsible for dumping the animals. That’s why PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime.

“Condemning a litter of newborn puppies to a slow, agonizing death inside a plastic bag shows a blatant disregard for others’ suffering,” says PETA Senior Director Martin Mersereau. “PETA is urging anyone with information to come forward immediately, before someone else is hurt.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Loretta Cool at the Tacoma Police Department at 253-591-5968.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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