Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered for Help in Dog-Shooting Case

PETA Joins Sheriff's Office in Search for Culprit(s) Responsible for Dog's Abuse, Abandonment, and Death

For Immediate Release:
August 27, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Samoa, Calif. PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and cruelty-to-animals conviction of the person(s) who shot a dog three times and abandoned her in the Samoa Dunes Recreation Area.

The dog, who weighed 70 pounds and is believed to have been a mastiff mix, was reportedly found by a good Samaritan just after 10 a.m. on August 24. Animal control officers rushed her to a veterinarian for care—but she had to be euthanized because of the severity of her injuries. She didn’t have a microchip or a collar, and no one has reported missing a dog matching her description.

“This dog must have been terrified when she was left to suffer in agony from gunshot wounds, abandoned and alone on the dunes,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA joins the sheriff’s office in urging anyone who recognizes this dog to come forward immediately, before anyone else gets hurt.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Crime Tip Hotline at 707-268-2539.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview that fosters violence toward other animals. For more information, please visit

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