Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered in Puppy Abandonment Case

PETA Joins Search for Culprit Who Left Over a Dozen Young Dogs to Die in the Cold

For Immediate Release:
January 17, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Plymouth, Mich.

On December 28, a jogger discovered 19 4-week-old puppies in a urine-soaked cardboard box in Hines Park. The dogs, who are now in foster care, will be available for adoption once they’re old enough—but authorities have yet to determine who is responsible for abandoning them.

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 of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

“These helpless puppies were abandoned and left to starve or freeze to death in the winter cold,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that whoever dumped these dogs can be held accountable for putting 19 lives in danger.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call PETA’s tip line at 757-213-8774.

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