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

PETA Joins Search for Culprit(s) Who Set Dog on Fire at Henderson County Fairgrounds

For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Henderson, Ky.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) who burned a dog to death in the men’s restroom at the Henderson County Fairgrounds in the early morning of Sunday, June 7. The male dog, whose name was Duke, had been reported missing by his guardian.

“We want to find the person who is responsible,” Detective John Nevels of the Henderson Police Department told PETA. 

“Instead of being returned home, this lost little dog experienced the terror and agony of being burned alive,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about this horrific crime to come forward immediately so that this dog’s killer can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—cautions families to keep an eye on animal companions when they’re outdoors and never leave them unattended in the backyard.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Henderson Police Department at 270-831-1295.

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