Reward of Up to $1,500 Offered for Recovery of Missing Isle of Wight County Animal Services Dog

PETA Enlists Public's Help in Search for Lucious, Who Allegedly Was Lost by Newport News Foster Family and Has Been Missing Since June 6

For Immediate Release:
June 17, 2020

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Newport News, Va. – PETA is offering a reward of up to $1,500 in exchange for information leading to the recovery of a male pit bull who went missing from a foster home backyard on 41st Street on June 6. Lucious is gray and white, is microchipped, hasn’t been neutered yet, and has cropped ears and an old leg injury. PETA and Isle of Wight County Animal Services are joining forces to find Lucious, whom they fear may be in danger.

“Wherever this dog is, we hope he’s safe and that someone will find him and return him,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is asking everyone to keep an eye out for Lucious so that he can get back to the people who care about him at Isle of Wight County Animal Services.”

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 when they’re outdoors and never leave them unattended in the backyard.

Anyone who has seen Lucious or knows where he may be is urged to contact Isle of Wight County Animal Services at 757-365-6318 or 757-357-2151.

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