$5,000 Reward Offered for Help in Nabbing Dog Killer

PETA Seeks Public's Assistance in Uncovering Who Threw Antifreeze-Tainted Food in Family's Yard

For Immediate Release:
October 2, 2015

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Knoxville, Tenn. – Late in the evening on Saturday, September 19, someone reportedly threw cooked bacon laced with antifreeze into the fenced-in backyard of the Monroe family’s home in the Trail’s End neighborhood of West Knox County. Within days, two of the family’s three dogs became extremely nauseated, thirsty, weak, and dizzy before succumbing to the poisoning, despite receiving emergency veterinary care.

Law-enforcement officials have yet to make any arrests in connection with the incident, prompting PETA to offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

“The callousness of deliberately poisoning these beloved dogs demonstrates a blatant disregard for life and desensitization to suffering,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this deadly crime to come forward now, before anyone else gets hurt.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—cautions families to keep an eye on animal companions when they’re outside and never leave them unattended in the backyard.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 865-215-2243.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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