Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered for Help Nabbing Dog Abuser

PETA Seeks Public's Help in Identifying Culprit(s) Who Bound Dog's Mouth Shut With Rubber Band

For Immediate Release:
June 5, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Avon, Miss. – On May 28, a good Samaritan spotted a female Yorkie-mix in the Avon area. A rubber band had been fastened around her mouth so tightly that it was embedded in her skin down to the bone, leaving her in severe pain and unable to eat or drink. The 10-pound dog, now named Sugar, is currently receiving veterinary care. She’s missing so much tissue in her muzzle that her teeth are fully visible even with her mouth closed.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating but has yet to determine who’s responsible for Sugar’s condition. That’s why 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) responsible for this crime.

Photos are available here. (Warning: The images are graphic.)

“This tiny dog narrowly escaped a terrifying, lonely death from infection, dehydration, or starvation,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA seeks the public’s help so that whoever wrapped a rubber band around this dog’s muzzle and left her to die can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 662-334-4523.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way.” For more information about PETA, please visit

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