$2,500 Reward Offered for Help Nabbing Abuser Who Taped Dog’s Mouth Shut

PETA Seeks Information on Culprit Who Abused German Shepherd and Abandoned Her Near the South Platte River

For Immediate Release:
July 17, 2015

Catie Cryar 202-483-7382

Denver – Drivers near South Platte River Drive and Huron Street reportedly made a shocking discovery on Saturday afternoon: A soaking wet, 8-month-old German shepherd was found near the side of the road with her mouth taped shut and her front paws bound together. A group of good Samaritans found the dog, who was so terrified that she urinated on herself, and removed the tape. She is now recovering at the Denver Animal Shelter.

Law-enforcement officials have yet to make any arrests in connection with this case, prompting PETA to offer a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime.

“It takes having a dangerous lack of empathy for others’ suffering to wrap tape around a terrified dog’s mouth and paws and leave her for dead,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately, before anyone else is hurt.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is urging families to keep their animal companions safely indoors and never leave them unattended outdoors, where they may be stolen or hurt by cruel people. Dogs should always be accompanied in the backyard and escorted on walks on a comfortable, secure harness and leash.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Denver Animal Shelter at 720-913-1311.

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