Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered for Help Nabbing Whoever Threw Dog off Overpass

PETA Joins Eddyville Police in Search for Person(s) Responsible for Throwing Malnourished Dog Onto the Highway

For Immediate Release:
May 29, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Eddyville, Ky. – On the afternoon of Sunday, May 20, a shocked motorist driving north on I-20 saw a severely injured dog lying unable to move on the highway as cars swerved to avoid her. She had apparently been thrown off the overpass, breaking three of her legs, so the good Samaritan scooped her up—avoiding speeding cars—and took her to safety. She underwent emergency surgery, which was performed free of charge at the Animal Care Clinic of South Elgin, to repair her broken legs and was found to be malnourished, covered with ticks, and suffering from infections caused by parasites. The 7-month-old puppy, now named Trinity, is currently receiving around-the-clock care.

Police are investigating but have yet to make any arrests in connection with the incident, prompting PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—to offer 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 horrible crime.

“It takes a callous, dangerous person to toss a puppy off a highway overpass and walk away,” says PETA Vice President Collen O’Brien. “PETA needs the public’s help in solving this case before this dog’s abuser harms anyone else.”

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact the Eddyville Police Department at 270-388-0911.

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