Reward of up to $5,000 Offered for Help Nabbing Abuser Who Set Puppy on Fire

PETA Joins Oroville Authorities in Seeking Information on Culprit Who Left Dog With Third-Degree Burns and Blunt Force Trauma

For Immediate Release:
November 11, 2016

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Oroville, Calif. – In the late afternoon on Thursday, November 3, a passerby spotted flames on a hill off Table Mountain Boulevard in Oroville and made a horrifying discovery: A puppy had been beaten and set on fire, leaving her with second- and third-degree burns and blunt force trauma to her face, which had knocked out several of her teeth. She is receiving veterinary care at the Northwest SPCA, and police have yet to make any arrests in the case. That’s why PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person or persons responsible for this violent crime.

“This little puppy surely felt agonizing pain and pure terror when she was beaten and set on fire, only narrowly escaping with her life,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately, before this culprit hurts anyone else.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—advises families to keep their animal companions safe indoors and never leave them unattended outside, where they may be stolen or hurt by cruel people. Dogs should always be accompanied in the backyard and escorted on walks on a comfortable, secure harness and leash.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Northwest SPCA Crime Hotline at 530-353-1099 or the Oroville Police Department at 530-538-2248.

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