Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered for Help Nabbing Whoever Abandoned Dog to Drown

PETA Seeks Information on Culprit(s) Who Tied Dog to Cinderblock and Left Him in Longview Lake

For Immediate Release:
May 3, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Jackson County, Mo. – On the morning of Friday, April 28, park rangers discovered a dog barking in distress on the bank of Longview Lake near Shelter 12. The dog, estimated to be 5 to 7 years old, was caked with mud. He was tethered to a cinderblock with no food or water, and local humane authorities believe that he was intentionally left to drown in the lake’s rising waters. Now named Deputy, he is recovering at Great Plains SPCA.

Law-enforcement officials are investigating the incident but have yet to make any arrests. 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 on cruelty charges of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

“This dog was abandoned and left to die as Longview Lake’s rising waters threatened to drown him,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that whoever abandoned this dog to die can be held accountable.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Tonya Hampton at Jackson County Animal Control at 913-475-6164.

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