Body of Weighted-Down Pit Bull Found in James River

PETA Offers Up to $5,000 Reward for Help in Nabbing Dog Killer

For Immediate Release:
May 13, 2013

David Perle 202-483-7382

Newport News, Va. — The bloated remains of a black-and-white female pit bull were spotted floating off a pier behind Davis Boat Works at 99 Jefferson Ave. The dog was wearing a red fabric and black mesh harness through which a metal weight was looped and tied. She had apparently drowned in the water, as her teeth were clenched around her protruding tongue and the skin on her front legs appeared chafed, possibly as a result of struggling to paddle and stay afloat. PETA is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

Would you please consider sharing this information with your audience? It might be the only way to apprehend those responsible for this heinous act.

“Animal abusers are cowards,” says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. “They take their issues out on the most defenseless beings available to them. Peninsula residents have good reason to be concerned. According to law-enforcement agencies and leading mental-health professionals, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to all animals—including humans.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact PETA at 757-622-7382 or [email protected].

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