$5,000 Reward Offered for Help in Nabbing Person Who Beat, Buried Puppy Alive

PETA Offer Comes After 4-Month-Old Dog Found Buried With Severe Injuries

For Immediate Release:
September 25, 2015

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Augusta, Ga. – Augusta Animal Services made a harrowing discovery last week: A four-month-old puppy had been beaten and buried alive on Boy Scout Road. After unearthing the severely injured dog, now named Moxie, workers were quick to whisk him to Westside Animal Hospital for treatment. He suffered from swelling on his head and several ant bites and was reportedly nearly comatose.

Moxie is now recovering at a foster home—but police have yet to determine who abused and abandoned him. 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 $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

“It takes a dangerous lack of empathy for others’ suffering to beat a dog and bury him alive,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information to come forward immediately, before anyone else is hurt.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at 706-821-1020.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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