PETA Adds up to $5,000 Reward for Help in Nabbing Person Who Set Dog on Fire

Group Joins St. Louis Metro Police in Effort to Bring Animal Abuser to Justice

For Immediate Release:
July 16, 2013

David Perle 202-483-7382

St. Louis — A 3-year-old terrier-shepherd mix named Brownie was set on fire while tethered by a short chain at his home in the 4300 block of Cote Brilliante Avenue on the night of July 10. His guardian, who was alerted to the attack by his cries, rushed him to an emergency veterinarian. He died two days later from organ failure. “All I could do was cry and then pray for the strength to make sure justice is served,” said Randy Grim of Stray Rescue. “This is one of the saddest and worst cases I have ever dealt with.” Police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the attack on Brownie. That’s why PETA is adding up to $5,000 to a reward offered by Stray Rescue and CrimeStoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this violent 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. St. Louis 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 the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s animal-abuse hotline at 314-771-6121, extension 232.

For more information, please visit To view PETA’s anti-violence public service announcement featuring Inglourious Basterds star and Hostel director Eli Roth, please visit

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