Reward of Up to $5,000 for Help Nabbing Person Who Dumped Puppies in River

PETA Seeks Information on Culprit(s) Who Dropped Six 1-Week-Old Puppies Into Blackstone River

For Immediate Release:
September 28, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Uxbridge, Mass. – On September 21, a kayaker heard whimpers coming from a bag floating down the Blackstone River, about 100 yards south of Unitrans Transportation on River Road. He managed to grab it before it went under water and discovered six 1-week-old puppies inside, all miraculously still alive. He notified the police, and the dogs are reportedly recovering at a shelter.

Police are investigating but have yet to make any arrests in connection to this case, which is why PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is offering 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 takes a disturbing lack of empathy to pack six newborn puppies into a bag and drop them in a river to drown,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “Whoever did this is dangerous, and PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that the perpetrator can be stopped from hurting anyone else.”

Anyone who recognizes the puppies in the image above or knows of a dog in the area who was pregnant is encouraged to call the Uxbridge Police Department at 508-278-7755.

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