Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered in Case of Kennel Arson That Killed 13 Beagles

For Immediate Release:
October 27, 2023

Nicole Perreira 202-483-7382

Northampton County, N.C. – PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the deaths of 13 beagles—who were killed in a fire authorities believe was deliberate—at an outdoor dog kennel in the woods near Roanoke Rapids Lake on Sunday, October 22. Only one beagle held in this section of the pens survived.

Would you please share this reward offer with your audience? It may mean the difference in identifying the person or people who killed these dogs.

“Thirteen helpless, terrified beagles burned to death inside a kennel, unable to escape the flames surrounding them,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA urges anyone with information to come forward immediately before their killer harms anyone else.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—cautions everyone to keep dogs indoors as members of the family and never leave them crated or restrained and unattended outdoors.

Tipsters should contact Sgt. W. Killian with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department at 252-534-2611.

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