PETA Seeks Information on Culprit Who Bound, Suffocated, and Dumped Pit Bull on Side of Road
For Immediate Release:
January 14, 2016
Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382
Sacramento, Calif. – Last Friday, Yolo County animal services officers followed up on a tip from a driver and made a harrowing discovery: a dead dog left on the side of the road, wrapped in carpet, with a plastic bag over his head and taped around his neck. His muzzle and legs had also been taped together, and the examining forensic pathologist determined that the dog struggled to free himself before dying of asphyxiation. The officers described the dog as a gray and white male pit bull with cropped ears. They believe he was used in dogfighting, as the pathologist found 50 to 100 bites on one of his legs. Police have yet to make any arrests in the case, which is why PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this violent crime.
“Anyone heartless enough to torture and suffocate a defenseless dog poses a danger to the whole community,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about the incident to come forward immediately, before anyone else gets hurt.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—advises families to keep their animal companions safely indoors and never leave them unattended outside, 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 Yolo County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services at 530-668-5237.