Dogs Shot and Drowned: PETA Offers Up to $5K to Catch Culprit(s)

For Immediate Release:
October 28, 2021

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Erie County, Pa. – PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person(s) who shot three dogs and evidently left them to drown in the Howard Eaton Reservoir last week.

According to The ANNA Shelter, which is assisting Pennsylvania State Police with its investigation, one dog’s body was discovered and reported to police around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20. Police reported to the scene and found the other two dogs nearby. The three small pit bulls—one black male, one black female, and one brown female, each between 35 and 39 pounds—all had injuries consistent with being used in dogfighting and were wearing the quick-release collars typically used in organized dogfights. The shelter believes that the dogs were walked into the water and shot sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning and that their bullet wounds would have been extremely painful but not fatal, so they likely drowned.

Pennsylvania State Police have not yet made any arrests in this case, and PETA is hoping for help from the public to prevent more dogs from being tormented and killed.

“An organized dogfighting ring may be dumping its victims in Erie County,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with answers to come forward so that whoever shot these dogs and left them to drown in terror and agony can be held accountable.”

Tipsters should contact Officer Eric Duckett of The ANNA Shelter’s Cruelty/Neglect Division at 814-572-5913 or [email protected].

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