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

This Brings Possible Reward to $13,000 to Identify People in White Sedan

For Immediate Release:
February 17, 2021

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Kingsport, Tenn. – PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000—bringing the total possible reward to $13,000for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people who tied a German shepherd mix to the back of a white sedan and dragged him around the parking lot of the Gospel Mission Church on Lone Star Road on the night of January 28. Churchgoers found the injured dog the next morning and rushed him to a veterinarian. Now named Church, the dog sustained serious injuries to his ankles, knees, and chest and is slowly recovering.

Surveillance footage showed at least two individuals in the car.

“This gentle dog deserved love and a safe home, but instead, he was tortured for a lark,” says PETA Senior Director Stephanie Bell. “PETA urges anyone with information to come forward immediately so that whoever committed this terrible crime can be held accountable and no similar events will occur in the future.”

Tipsters should contact the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 423-279-7330.

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

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