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

PETA Seeks Information on Culprit(s) Who Bound Dog's Mouth Shut and Abandoned Him to Starve

For Immediate Release:
January 11, 2017

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Toronto – On Christmas Eve, a small dog was found at the intersection of Rouge River Drive and Jaguar Street with his mouth bound shut with an elastic band. The apricot-colored poodle—who is now called Frankie and is thought to be 1 to 2 years old—was clearly distressed and very thin as a result of chronic malnutrition, and the band had cut deeply into the flesh around his muzzle.

He was rushed to emergency veterinary care and is scheduled for surgery to repair tissue damage to his snout. He will continue to recover in a foster home—but police have yet to determine who is responsible for abusing and 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 terrified little dog was left alone in the cold to die with his mouth bound shut, preventing him from eating or drinking,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that whoever abused and abandoned him can be held accountable.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Toronto Police Service 42 Division Detectives Office at 416-808-4200.

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