For Immediate Release:
December 30, 2020
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Villa Rica, Ga. – PETA 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(s) who abandoned an emaciated 8-month-old boxer mix in a dumpster outside the Wilson Mill Apartments in the freezing cold.
On Christmas afternoon, police officers Jason O’Neal and McKenzie O’Bannon responded to a call from a concerned resident of the apartment complex who reported hearing cries coming from the dumpster. After digging through the trash, the officers managed to retrieve the dog, who was wrapped in a blanket inside a plastic trash bag, barely alive. They rushed her to a veterinarian for urgent care—and after she recovered, O’Neal adopted her and named her Miracle.
“This dog deserved a safe and loving home, but instead, someone bagged her up and threw her away like a piece of trash,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA urges anyone who recognizes her to come forward immediately so that whoever left her to die in a dumpster can be held accountable.”
Anyone with information should contact Sgt. Brian Finley at 678-840-1314 or [email protected].
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—is sending Miracle a belated Christmas present, which includes toys and treats. The group urges anyone who is unable to care for an animal to seek help from local shelters and never abandon them.