Up to $5,000 Reward Offered for Help Catching Dog Killer

PETA Seeks Public's Assistance in Finding Culprit(s) Who Dragged Companion Animals Until Their Necks Broke

For Immediate Release:
December 5, 2017

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Capitan, N.M. – On November 14, Capitan resident Michael Cadenhead let his four dogs outside, and two of them took off after a deer. When they didn’t come home, he frantically posted fliers around the area. On November 29, he received devastating news: A hunter had discovered the dogs two weeks earlier, dead in the woods. Cadenhead took their bodies to a veterinarian for a necropsy and learned that someone had dragged the animals until their necks broke.

Police are investigating but have yet to make any arrests in the case, prompting PETA to offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person or persons responsible for the dogs’ deaths.

“It takes a dangerous person to drag two dogs until their necks snap,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that whoever killed these dogs can be held accountable—and before anyone else gets hurt.”

According to leading mental-health professionals and law-enforcement agencies, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to the community at large.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that dogs and cats should never be allowed to roam unattended outdoors, where they may be taken, attacked by other animals, or abused by cruel people.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 575-648-2341.

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