Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered in Pig-Stabbing Case

PETA Seeks Public's Assistance in Finding Out Who Attacked Animal Found in Residential Neighborhood

For Immediate Release:
January 26, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Sloan, N.Y. – A pig—bleeding heavily from an apparent stab wound—was found in a backyard on Rutland Avenue in Sloan on Thursday afternoon, January 12. She was rushed to emergency surgery and is now recovering from her injuries, which investigators say were intentionally inflicted.

Humane authorities are investigating the incident but have yet to make any arrests. 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 this crime.

The pig, now named Tabitha, was found alone in a residential area where there are no farms and where it’s illegal to keep pigs as animal companions. Nobody has come forward to claim her.

“This sensitive, gentle pig was left staggering in pain from a heavily bleeding stab wound,” 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 and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—cautions families to keep an eye on animal companions and never leave them unattended when they’re outdoors, where they can be hurt by cruel humans and attacked by other animals.

Anyone with information about this case should call the SPCA Serving Erie County at 716-629-3520.

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