PETA Offers $2,500 Reward for Help in Nabbing Killer of Beloved Snake

Group Joins Shelton Police in Effort to Bring Animal Abuser to Justice

For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2013

David Perle 202-483-7382

Shelton, Conn. — A beloved fixture of Huntington Branch Library in Shelton—a corn snake named Peaches—endured chemical burns and kidney damage for a week before dying from her injuries after someone poured Goof Off cleaning solvent into her tank around March 18. Peaches was “the nicest, friendliest snake,” her former guardian told news sources. “She didn’t deserve to die and she definitely didn’t deserve to suffer the way she did.” Police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the fatal attack on Peaches. That’s why PETA is offering up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this 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. Area 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 Detective Richard Bango with the Shelton Police Department at 203-924-1544.

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