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

For Immediate Release:
January 28, 2021

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Branford, Conn. – 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 for abandoning a neglected, underweight white pit bull mix near the Branford Community House (46 Church St.) on the freezing-cold night of Saturday, January 23. A jogger discovered the dog the following morning and alerted animal control officers, who were able to get to him in time to save him.

According to officers, the dog, now named Lincoln, is between 2 and 3 years old and about 20 pounds underweight. He had frostbite on his toes and was likely crated in urine for a prolonged period—causing an acid-soak look to his skin—before being abandoned. He also had pressure sores, Demodex mange, and overgrown toenails. Lincoln is currently responding well to treatment and will eventually be put up for adoption into a loving home.

“This dog needed veterinary care or to be taken to an animal shelter, but instead, someone abandoned him on the street with no protection as temperatures plummeted to single digits,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about this dog to come forward immediately so that the person(s) who utterly betrayed his trust can be held accountable.”

Anyone with pertinent information should contact the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter at 203-315-4125, extension 198.

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, please visit or follow the group on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

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