Mayor, PETA Offer Reward of Up to $5,000 for Help Nabbing Puppy Dumper

Joint Effort Seeks Public's Help in Identifying Woman Who Abandoned Two Puppies, Reportedly Hit One With Car

For Immediate Release:
January 24, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Coal Run Village, Ky. – On Monday morning, witnesses reported seeing a woman in a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee leave two puppies in the Dialysis Clinic parking lot on Wedding Branch Road in Coal Run Village and then drive off, reportedly hitting one of the animals as she left. A witness took the puppies for veterinary treatment—they both suffer from skin infections and hair loss but are reported in stable condition.

Police are investigating the incident but have yet to identify the driver, prompting Mayor Andrew H. Scott and PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—to offer a joint reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

“There are plenty of resources in Coal Run where people can bring unwanted animals, so we have zero tolerance for animal abuse,” says Mayor Scott. “The city commission and I will not rest until we find the person who did this and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.”

“Someone out there may recognize these puppies or knows the woman who abandoned them in a parking lot,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA and Mayor Scott need the public to help lead police to this woman so that she can be held accountable for abandoning these dogs and driving off even after reportedly hitting one of them with her car.”

Anyone with information about the puppies or the woman’s identity is asked to call the Coal Run Police Department at 606-437-0902.

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