PETA Offers Reward of up to $3,000 to Find Stolen Tortoise and Convict Thieves

Perpetrators Spray-Paint Mother Pig and Babies, Trash Barn

For Immediate Release:
July 7, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

Ijamsville, Md. – The Green Meadows Petting Farm in Ijamsville has reported that a person or persons entered the farm on the night of Monday, June 30, and stole a red-footed tortoise named Henrietta after spray-painting a mother pig and her babies with the words “Urbana Rules.” According to news reports, the vandals also dumped feed all over the barn. Police have yet to make any arrests in the case. PETA is offering up to $3,000 for information leading to the safe return of the missing tortoise and the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft and vandalism.

Would you please consider sharing this information with your audience? It might be the only hope for finding Henrietta.

“We implore the public to come forward with any tips regarding the whereabouts of Henrietta and the thieves who stole her,” says PETA Director Martin Mersereau.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Frederick barrack of the Maryland State Police at 301-600-4150.

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