Reward of Up to $6,000 for Help Nabbing Driver Who Killed Family Dog

PETA Joins Dog’s Family in Search for Person or Persons Who Ran Over Their Beloved Animal Companion While Fleeing Property

For Immediate Release:
February 22, 2018

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Las Cruces, N.M.

On the afternoon of February 16, Kellie Curry returned to her home in the Organ Mesa Ranch subdivision and made a horrifying discovery: Her beloved 11-year-old dog, Jude, was lying dead in the driveway, and her other dog, Finn, was cowering in fear behind the house. Surveillance-camera footage from earlier that afternoon shows that the two dogs were napping on the front porch when a black Chevrolet Camaro—which has since been determined to have a stock spoiler, a decal in the front driver’s side window, and black rims—pulled up to the house. When the dogs barked and approached the car, the driver abruptly started to drive away, and as Jude ran from the car, the driver—who appears to have aimed for the dog—hit and dragged him for several feet before leaving him suffering and gravely injured.

Authorities are investigating but have yet to determine who hit and killed Jude. That’s why PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is adding up to $5,000 to the Curry family’s $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty-to-animals charges of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

Would you please share this information with your audience? Someone may recognize this vehicle, which could be the only way to apprehend whoever is responsible for this act.

“This beloved dog suffered in agony after being dragged under a car, and he died alone without his family by his side,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone who recognizes this vehicle to come forward immediately so that whoever ran over this dog and drove away can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

PETA advises all dog guardians to keep their animal companions near them on walks with a leash and a comfortable, secure harness and to keep a close eye on them when they’re outdoors, never allowing them to run loose unattended.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office at 575-525-1911.

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