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

PETA Joins Search for Culprit Who Left Malnourished Dog Inside Crate to Die in Freezing Temperatures

For Immediate Release:
January 13, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

East Haven, Conn. – On Tuesday, January 10, animal control officers responded to a call about a pit bull abandoned inside a bottomless wire crate beside trash cans on Coe Avenue. When authorities arrived, the temperature was around 10 degrees and the underweight dog had no food, water, or protection from the elements.

The dog, now named Charlie, is recovering at the East Haven Animal Shelter, but authorities have yet to determine who is responsible for abandoning him. 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 poor dog was dumped beside trash cans like a piece of garbage and left to starve or freeze to death,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that whoever abandoned him can be held accountable.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the East Haven Animal Shelter at 203-468-3249.

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