Reward: Up to $5,000 Offered to Nab Dog Sex Abuser

For Immediate Release:
June 27, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Isle of Wight County, Va. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch regarding Huggles, a dog who was apparently sexually abused with a broom handle. Her case is currently under investigation by the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.

Someone knows the person or persons who sexually abused and tortured this dog with a broom handle, leaving her to suffer in pain for weeks. PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for this dog’s suffering and urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately before the perpetrator acts again.

Huggles was found by a family on Tyler Drive in Windsor, Virginia, on April 29. She received veterinary treatment for dental work, tumor removal, and spaying—but she continued to suffer from discharge, bleeding, and lethargy. A follow-up surgery on June 14 revealed that the plastic end of a broom handle was lodged inside her vagina.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or 757-357-2151.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” and more information about PETA’s work to help animals is available at

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