Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered for Help Nabbing Phoenix Puppy Dumper

PETA Joins Search for Culprit(s) Who Threw Puppy With Broken Legs, Pelvis in the Trash to Die

For Immediate Release:
August 6, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Phoenix – Around midday on Wednesday, July 11, a puppy was found in a dumpster near the intersection of N. 19th Avenue and W. Bell Road wrapped in a dark blanket and wearing a plain black collar without tags. The puppy’s pelvis and two of his legs were broken—injuries that the veterinarians who treated him believe were inflicted intentionally. He has since had surgery and is currently recovering at a foster home.

Law-enforcement officials have yet to make any arrests in connection with this dog’s abuse and dumping. 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 or persons responsible for this act.

“Only a dangerous, callous person could toss a puppy in a dumpster and leave the injured, terrified animal to die surrounded by garbage,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information to come forward immediately so that this dog’s abuser can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

Anyone with information related to this case should call the Phoenix Police Animal Cruelty Investigations Department at 602-495-7293.

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

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