Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered in Dog-Abandonment Case

PETA Joins Search for Culprit(s) Who Kicked Animal out of a Moving Vehicle on the Highway

For Immediate Release:
August 15, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Placerville, Calif. – On August 11 at around 6:30 p.m., multiple witnesses were shocked to see the driver of a white van slow down on westbound Highway 50 at Greenstone Road and reportedly kick a male brown brindle Rottweiler-mastiff mix out of the vehicle. Luckily, Officer Bryan Merkel with California Highway Patrol–Placerville quickly arrived on the scene and was able to get the dog to safety before he was injured or killed.

Authorities have yet to identify the perpetrator(s) of this act. That’s why PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this crime.

“It takes a disturbing and dangerous lack of empathy to push an animal out of a car on a busy road and keep on driving,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward now so that whoever abandoned this dog can be held accountable and stopped from endangering anyone else.”

Anyone with information about this case should contact California Highway Patrol–Placerville at 916-861-1300 or El Dorado County Animal Services at 530-621-5795.

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