Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered for Help Nabbing Abuser Who Taped Dog’s Mouth Shut

PETA Seeks Information on Culprit Who Abandoned Pup

For Immediate Release:
August 26, 2016

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Lincoln Parish, La. – On August 23, local rescue group Passionate For Pups responded to a call about a dog who was wandering near a dumpster site with her mouth bound shut with electrical tape. The rescuers spent nearly 12 hours searching before they found the terrified pup, Ruth, underneath a storage facility along Highway 3005. Veterinarians believe that the electrical tape had been around her mouth for two or three days—preventing her from eating or drinking—and note that it cut into her skin over an inch deep, leaving a permanent scar.

Law-enforcement officials have yet to make any arrests in connection with this case, prompting PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—to offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime.

“It takes a dangerous lack of empathy for the suffering of others to wrap tape around a terrified dog’s mouth and leave her to die,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately, before the culprit hurts anyone else.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-251-5111.

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