$3,000 Reward Offered for Help in Nabbing Person Who Beat Dog and Left Her to Drown

PETA Offer Comes After German Shepherd Is Found Dead in Recreational Canal

For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Welland, Ont. – Last week, a group of young girls discovered a dead German shepherd in a recreational canal beside the Merritt Park Amphitheatre. Black electrical cord was bound around all four of the dog’s legs and her neck, and a necropsy revealed that she had been dumped in the water while still alive and drowned to death approximately two days before her body was found. The necropsy also determined that the two small holes found on the top of her head were the result of blunt force trauma.

Law-enforcement officials have yet to determine who is responsible for the dog’s death. 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 $3,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime. The Welland & District Humane Society is also offering a reward, and anyone may contribute to the fund.

“Bludgeoning and then tossing a dog away to die an agonizing death by drowning shows a shocking and dangerous disregard for others’ suffering,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “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 John Greer at the Welland & District Humane Society at 905-735-1552.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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