PETA Offers Reward of Up to $5,000 in Dog-Abuse Case

Group Joins Police in Search for Culprit Who Threw Poodle out of a Vehicle on Market Street

For Immediate Release:
September 29, 2020

David Perle 202-483-7382

Paterson, N.J. – At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, an eyewitness saw someone throw a poodle out of a car near 927 Market St.—and PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person(s) responsible.

The dog, now named Bear, is receiving intensive veterinary care for his injuries, which include pelvic fractures, skin lesions, and a possible skull fracture and herniated diaphragm. “When we picked him up, we didn’t believe he would even make it to the hospital,” Chief Animal Control Officer John DeCando tells PETA. “That’s how bad his condition is.” Bear is older and unneutered and doesn’t have a microchip or a collar—he also is emaciated and has matted fur, which means that he has likely suffered from long-term neglect.

“If this little dog had been taken to an animal shelter, he would have had a chance at finding a family who would love him like he deserves—but instead, he was tossed out of a car like a piece of trash,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urgently needs the public’s help in solving this case, especially if this dog’s abuser has other animals at home.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Detective Richard Martinez at 973-881-3640.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information about the group, please visit

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