$5,000 Reward Offered for Help Nabbing Abuser Who Duct Taped Dog’s Mouth Shut

$5,000 Reward Offered for Help Nabbing Abuser Who Duct Taped Dog's Mouth Shut

For Immediate Release:
April 7, 2016

Contact:
Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Darlington County, S.C. – On April 4, deputies in the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office responded to an anonymous call about a black Great Dane wandering around the 900 block of Rogers Road with her mouth and head wrapped in duct tape. After catching the terrified dog—now named Aurora—and safely removing the tape, they took her to the county animal shelter for treatment.

dog with taped headPhoto courtesy of the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook.

Veterinarians believe that Aurora was taped for up to a day and a half, and she is now being treated for malnourishment, whipworms, heartworms, and a foot infection—but is expected to make a full recovery. Law-enforcement officials have yet to make any arrests in connection with this case, prompting PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—to offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime.

“This dog had already endured being malnourished and infested with parasites, and we can only imagine the pain and terror that she felt when she was duct taped and left to die,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately, before the culprit hurts anyone else.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office at 843-398-4501.

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