Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered to Help Nab Dog Abuser

PETA Asks Community to Post Fliers Seeking Information on Culprit(s) Who Abandoned Malnourished, Injured Dog

For Immediate Release:
December 7, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Miami – Last Thursday, just before 1 p.m., a woman made a horrifying discovery: Someone had left a dog inside a cardboard box at the intersection of Northeast 57th Street and Miami Place in Little Haiti, and the animal was so badly malnourished and injured that he appeared to be dead (video footage is available here). He was suffering from severe encephalitis and brain damage as well as multiple severe lacerations around his neck and chest, which were infected. Veterinarians determined that he had been neglected for some time before he was apparently attacked, and he had to be euthanized because of the extent of his injuries.

A white pickup truck spotted near the location where the dog was found may be connected to the incident. Police are investigating but have yet to make any arrests in the case, prompting PETA to offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty-to-animals charges of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is also asking people to help spread the word and put up free downloadable posters (available here) in businesses and schools, on bulletin boards, and anywhere else that they’re allowed to display them.

“Someone left this dog wounded, infected, malnourished, and dying in a cardboard box on the side of the road,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is calling on anyone who recognizes this dog to come forward immediately so that whoever left him for dead can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Miami Police Department at 305-579-6111, e-mail Miami-Dade County Animal Services at [email protected], or speak to someone in person at the Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center at 3599 N.W. 79th Ave. in Doral.

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