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

PETA Joins Sheriff's Office in Search for Information on Culprit(s) Who Shot and Killed Seven Dogs Outside Charlotte

For Immediate Release:
January 31, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Union County, N.C. – On Friday, the Union County Sheriff’s Office responded to the discovery of the bodies of seven dogs of multiple breeds who had been shot in the head and left along Morgan Academy Road in Union County. Officers on the scene reported that they might have been used as hunting dogs, and deputies reported that they had been dead for at least 36 hours.

The Sheriff’s Office has not yet made any arrests in connection with the dogs’ deaths, 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 cruelty-to-animals conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

“Someone in the community committed a horrific and callous mass execution of these seven dogs,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that their attacker can be held accountable for this crime.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Animal Services at 704-283-2308.

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