For Immediate Release:
June 13, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Camarillo, Calif. – PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person(s) who stole a dog named Pretty Girl from the local rescue group Paw Works and killed her. Together with funds raised by Paw Works, the total reward offered in this case is now up to $17,000.
Paw Works’ security footage reveals that at 2:42 a.m. on Thursday, a light-complexioned person wearing a white hoodie and loose-fitting shorts picked the lock to the building, snatched Pretty Girl—a 45-pound 2-year-old tan-and-black mixed-breed dog with a black snout and upright ears—from her crate, and hit her when she fought back. On Thursday morning, a passerby found Pretty Girl on the side of Route 101 with life-threatening injuries and took her to the Paw Works Veterinary Hospital, where she later died. The Paw Works team reports that Pretty Girl had severe back, neck, and head trauma; intense bruising and bleeding in her abdomen; and swelling around her rectum.
Police are investigating but don’t yet have any leads, so PETA is asking for the public’s help.
“This vulnerable dog needed someone to love and care for her, but instead, someone stole her, abused her, and left her for dead,” says PETA Senior Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information to come forward so her killer can be prevented from hurting anyone else.”
Tipsters should contact the Camarillo Police Department at 805-388-5100.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.