Reward Of Up To $5,000 For Help In Nabbing Burglar(s) Who Attacked Dog

PETA Seeks Public's Assistance in Uncovering Who Beat and Threw Drain Cleaner on Elderly Dog During Home Invasion

For Immediate Release:
July 20, 2016

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Hamtramck, Mich. – When Hamtramck resident Sarah Birkel arrived home on the evening of Friday, July 15, she made a horrifying discovery: Someone had broken into her home to commit robbery and apparently beat her elderly dog, Abbey, with a broom and doused the 14-year-old pit bull with drain cleaner. Abbey sustained severe chemical burns to her eyes and continues to require round-the-clock veterinary care.

Law-enforcement officials have yet to make any arrests in connection with the incident, prompting PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—to offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

“It’s heartbreaking to imagine the confusion, terror, and agonizing pain that this dog endured when someone burst into her home, poured chemicals in her face and all over her body, and beat her with a broom,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this violent break-in to come forward immediately so that whoever is responsible can be held accountable for these crimes.”

Anyone with information about this case should call the Hamtramck Police Department at 313-876-7827.

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