PETA Offers $2,500 Reward for Help in Nabbing Culprit Who Burned Dog

PETA Calls for Information as Suffering Dog Recovers From Third-Degree Chemical Burns

For Immediate Release:
August 20, 2015

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Lancaster, Calif. – Earlier this week, a young golden retriever was surrendered at an animal shelter with painful third-degree burns from his neck to his tail, which officials believe may be the work of an individual who deliberately doused him with battery acid or another corrosive chemical. The dog—now named Fergus—was quickly rushed to a local animal hospital, where he is currently recovering. Although police have launched an investigation, no arrests have been made. 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 violent crime.

“It takes a dangerous lack of empathy to pour acid on a dog and leave him for dead on the side of the road,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward now, before anyone else is hurt.”

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Lancaster Animal Shelter at 661-940-4191.

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