Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered to Help Nab Criminal Who Abandoned Dog Who Froze Death

PETA Seeks Information on Culprit Who Dumped Dog Outside in Empty Parking Lot in Subfreezing Temperatures

For Immediate Release:
January 13, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Clarksville, Tenn. – On Sunday, January 8, a Montgomery County animal control officer responded to a tip about a 2-year-old pit bull terrier who had frozen to death in the bottom half of a plastic doghouse outside Grandma’s Apron restaurant, which is no longer in business. The dog is believed to have been abandoned overnight in subfreezing temperatures and was so cold when found that his body was frozen to the bottom of the doghouse.

Authorities are investigating the incident but have yet to make any arrests. That’s 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.

“This dog was left to suffer and die in the bitter cold outside an empty building,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately—before anyone else gets hurt.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Montgomery County Animal Control at 931-648-5750.

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