Reward Of Up To $5,000 Offered For Help Nabbing Dog Shooter

PETA Joins the Mobile Police Department in Search for Information on Culprit Who Shot Beloved Companion in the Face

For Immediate Release:
October 11, 2016

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Mobile, Ala. – Mobile resident Pete Brown was fishing last Wednesday with his dog Gracy, a 1-year-old pit bull, when Gracy approached three men walking to their car, her tail wagging. One of the men reportedly shot her in the face and allegedly held Brown at gunpoint before driving off.

Brown rushed Gracy to emergency veterinary care, and she underwent surgery for the massive trauma caused by the bullet, which went through her snout and out her throat. She is expected to recover, but the Mobile Police Department doesn’t have any leads on the shooter. That’s why PETA is offering 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 the crime.

“It’s heartbreaking to imagine the terror and agonizing pain that this dog felt when a stranger shot her point-blank in the face,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that her attacker can be held accountable for his crimes.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that all animals feel pain and fear when they’re wounded, whether by gunshot or fishhook. The group encourages everyone to practice kindness to all animals—from dogs to fish and beyond.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 251-208-7000 or the Mobile Police Department’s non-emergency number at 251-208-7211.

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