PETA Offers Reward of Up to $5,000 to Help Nab Whoever May Have Cut Off Dog’s Paws

If Cruelty Was Involved, the Culprit(s) Must Be Apprehended Before More Victims Are Harmed

For Immediate Release:
December 5, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Anderson, Ind. – One hour after letting their dog, Charlie, into the backyard, an Anderson family in the 2100 block of McKinley Street reportedly found him moaning near the back door, barely alive: Three of his paws and his tail had been mutilated, exposing bone and leaving him bleeding profusely. He had to be euthanized the next day because of the extent of his injuries.

Police are investigating but have yet to determine the cause of Charlie’s injuries. That’s why PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty-to-animals charges of the person or persons responsible, if this is found to be a deliberate case of animal abuse.

“The agony that Charlie must have felt after three of his paws and his tail were mutilated is painful even to imagine,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “If his injuries were intentionally inflicted, it’s vital that whoever caused them be held accountable before anyone else gets hurt.”

PETA urges families to keep their animal companions safely indoors and never leave them outside unattended or allow them to roam outdoors, where they may be stolen, attacked by other animals, or abused by cruel people.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 765-649-8310.

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