$5,000 Reward Offered for Help in Nabbing Criminal Who Shot and Killed up to Five Animals

PETA Joins Berkeley Police in Search for Culprit Who Targeted Stray and Wild Animals

For Immediate Release:
April 4, 2016

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Berkeley, Ca. – Last Saturday, a groundskeeper at Berkeley Marina found a feral cat, an opossum, and three raccoons lying on the 100 block of Seawall Drive. Three of the animals were dead, and the other two were taken to the city’s animal shelter, where one died shortly after arriving and the other was euthanized. A toxicology report on the animals is still pending, but a necropsy revealed BB pellets inside several of their bodies.

Berkeley authorities have yet to make any arrests in 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 this crime.

“It’s hard to imagine the agony and terror that these animals felt when they were shot or possibly poisoned and left to die like trash,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this cruel act to come forward immediately, before anyone else gets hurt.”

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Berkeley Police Department at 510-981-5900.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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