Up to $5,000 Reward Offered for Help Nabbing Dog-Killing Robber

Despite Help From PETA, Dog's Gunshot Wounds Prove Fatal; Public's Help Sought in Identifying Culprit

For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2016

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Newport News, Va. – The night of May 4, an armed robber reportedly entered a home in the 4400 block of Baughman Court, near Newsome Park Elementary School. The robber shot the family’s dog, Maybach, who tried to frighten off the armed assailant even after he was shot twice and bleeding badly. PETA tried to help save the dog by taking him to two different veterinary clinics after the initial emergency visit, but his injuries proved fatal, and police have yet to make any arrests related to this attempted robbery. That’s why PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this violent crime.

“Some cruel, greedy man shot this beloved dog and left him bleeding and in agonizing pain,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA urges anyone with information about this attempted robbery to come forward immediately, before this dangerous assailant hurts anyone else.”

The day following the attempted robbery, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—was called to help save Maybach. PETA’s veterinarian quickly assessed the injured dog and determined that his life-threatening condition required additional diagnostic tests. After X-rays showed that Maybach’s lungs were surrounded by fluid, PETA’s veterinary team rushed him to an emergency hospital, where doctors determined that one of his lungs had collapsed, the other was starting to collapse, and he had heavy internal bleeding. Maybach’s guardians stayed by his side as he was euthanized—the most humane option given the extent of his injuries.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Newport News Robbery Unit at 757-928-4200.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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