Reward Of Up To $5,000 Offered To Help Nab Criminal Who Tied Puppy To Bridge

PETA Seeks Information on Culprit Who Tethered Dog With Wires and Left Her to Die in Scorching Heat

For Immediate Release:
July 13, 2016

Diane Hsiung 202-483-7382

Columbus County, N.C. – On July 2, a driver alerted authorities to a 1-year-old beagle mix who had been tied to a bridge by her leash and a combination of wires, an extension cord, duct tape, and RCA connectors near the intersection of Slippery Log and Thompson Town roads in Columbus. Authorities had to cut the wires and leash to free the terrified puppy, who had been abandoned in nearly 100-degree weather—putting her at high risk of deadly heatstroke—and had several insect bites, appearing to indicate that she’d been tethered at least overnight. She was reportedly underweight and dehydrated. Now named Angel, the dog is recovering at a local shelter.

Police 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.

“It takes a dangerous lack of empathy for someone to tie a puppy to a bridge and abandon her to die slowly from starvation or heatstroke,” 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 Columbus County Animal Control at 910-641-3945.

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