Dog Dumped in Bin: PETA Offers Up to $5K to Catch Culprit

For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2021

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Elmsford, N.Y. – PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who sealed a Chihuahua inside a garbage bag in a storage container and abandoned her outside Paws Crossed Animal Rescue at 100 Warehouse Ln. Video footage shows what appears to be a man dumping the dog at around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28.

A worker discovered the light-brown and tan dog inside the bin 17 hours later: She had clawed her nails bloody escaping from the plastic bag and was gasping for air. Estimated to be about 5 years old and now named Rue, she was given immediate veterinary care and will be put up for adoption once she’s fully recovered.

Images courtesy of the SPCA of Westchester

Police are investigating this incident, and PETA is hoping for help from the public in case any other animals are in danger of being harmed by this person. Would you please share this information with your audience? It may mean a break in the case.

“This little dog deserved to be safe and sound in a loving home, but instead someone dumped her in a garbage bag and left her to suffocate, alone and afraid,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with answers to come forward so that whoever utterly betrayed her trust can be held accountable.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—advises anyone who witnesses animal abuse or neglect to inform authorities immediately.

Anyone with tips should contact the SPCA of Westchester’s confidential hotline at 914-941-7797.

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