PETA Adds Up to $5,000 to Reward to Nab Dogfighters

Two Dead Animals Found Near School; Still No Hard Leads in Case

For Immediate Release:
March 17, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

Muskegon, Mich. – On February 23, the remains of two brown pit bulls, both of them underweight and displaying bite wounds, were found along Hyde Park Road near McMillan Elementary School. According to local officials, the dogs appeared to be the victims of dogfighting. A certified cruelty investigator said that she had never seen dogs in such bad condition. Police have yet to arrest the person or persons responsible for the animals’ deaths.

That’s why PETA is adding up to $5,000 to the existing $1,400 reward 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 may be the only hope for an arrest in this case.

“Dogs used for fighting are routinely maimed and mutilated, and when they’re no longer of any use to the dogfighter, they’re discarded and replaced,” says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. “It’s imperative to get these criminals—who are also often involved with guns and drugs—off the streets and put them behind bars, where they belong.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Silent Observer at 231-724-6621. PETA is urging residents not to leave animals outside unattended.

For more information about the link between animal abuse and violence aimed at people, please visit

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