PETA Doubles Reward to $20,000 in Fatal Stabbing Case

For Immediate Release:
August 3, 2021

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Atlanta – PETA is adding another $10,000 to the existing $10,000 reward offered by the Atlanta Police Department for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for fatally stabbing Katherine Janness and her dog Bowie in Piedmont Park late last Tuesday night. (See the flyer here.)

According to reports, Janness and her beloved dog Bowie—who lived about a mile from the park—didn’t return home from their post-dinner walk, so Janness’ girlfriend traced the location of her phone. The bodies, with multiple stab wounds, were discovered around 1 a.m. near the park entrance.

An Atlanta-area PETA member has put up the funds, and the group is hoping for help from the public to solve the case before the killer(s) strikes again.

“Anyone who would kill a woman and the dog who likely tried to defend her, as loyal dogs invariably do, is a threat to the entire community of living, feeling beings,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA knows well the sociological studies of killers who target the most vulnerable among us and urges anyone with information to come forward to help police identify this callous killer.”

Anyone with pertinent information should contact the Atlanta Police Homicide Unit at 404-546-4235 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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