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

PETA Seeks Public's Assistance in Identifying Suspect Caught on Video Fatally Gunning Down Dog at Point-Blank Range

For Immediate Release:
March 28, 2018

Contact:
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Home-surveillance video footage (available here) taken at approximately 10:30 p.m. on the evening of March 9 shows four men walking past a fenced-in home in the 900 block of E. 91st Street in Avalon Gardens as two dogs bark at them from behind a fence. The man in the front of the group stops and shoots one of the dogs, named Champ, at point-blank range, killing him.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Animal Cruelty Task Force is investigating but has yet to make any arrests in connection with the killing, 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 responsible for this crime.

“This dog was in his own yard when he was violently shot and killed at close range by an impulsive, dangerous person,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that the culprit can be apprehended and forced to face the repercussions of his despicable actions.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—cautions families to keep dogs indoors with the family where they’re safe and never leave them unattended when they’re outdoors, as they can be hurt by cruel humans and attacked by other animals.

Anyone with information about this case should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or e-mail the LAPD Animal Cruelty Task Force at [email protected].

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