PETA Offers Reward for Help in Nabbing Person Who Hacked Off Puppy’s Legs

Group Puts Up $5,000 to Bring Abuser to Justice

For Immediate Release:
June 4, 2013

David Perle 202-483-7382

Hatillo, Puerto Rico — On May 26, a black puppy was discovered by a local animal rescue group lying in a Hatillo parking lot with all four of his legs cut off. A veterinarian determined that the animal’s injuries were too severe for treatment, and the puppy was euthanized. Officials have yet to make any arrests in connection with the mutilation of the puppy, who was named Ocean. That’s why PETA is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this violent crime.

“Hatillo residents and visitors have good reason to be concerned when an animal is mutilated and left to die,” says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. “According to leading mental-health professionals, people who demonstrate such blatant disregard for life and desensitization to suffering can pose a serious risk to all animals—including humans—with whom they come into contact.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact PETA at 757-962-8232.

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