PETA Offers Up to $5,000 Reward in Fatal Dog-Burning Case

PETA Joins Search for Culprit(s) Who Set Dog on Fire Near Sandy Point Beach

For Immediate Release:
July 10, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

West Haven, Conn. – Authorities responding to calls about an uncontained fire in the parking lot of Sandy Point Beach on the morning of July 5 reportedly made a horrifying discovery: the burned corpse of a small female dog. According to police, the dog—estimated to be a 1-year-old miniature schnauzer whose ears and tail had been cropped—appears to have been alive when she was set on fire.

Police are investigating but have yet to make any arrests. That’s why PETA is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction for cruelty to animals of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

“If this little dog was alive when she was set on fire, the agony and terror that she must have felt are almost unimaginable,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about this horrific crime to come forward immediately so that this dog’s killer can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—cautions families to keep an eye on animal companions when they’re outdoors and never leave them unattended in the backyard.

Anyone with information about this case should call the West Haven Police Department at 203-937-3900.

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