Reward Reaches $12,000 in Dog Beheading, Skinning Case

PETA Offer Comes After Dogs Found Dumped Near Fort Loudoun Lake

For Immediate Release:
July 1, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Knox County, Tenn. – The bodies of two dogs who had been beheaded and skinned were found near Fort Loudoun Lake last week. According to law enforcement, the dogs also sustained broken limbs and endured physical abuse so severe that officials have been unable to determine their breeds, even after a necropsy was performed.

Law-enforcement officials have yet to make any arrests in connection with the case, and 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 or persons responsible for the crime. PETA’s contribution—combined with the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s offer of $5,000, $1,000 from the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, and $1,000 from the Friends of the Animal Shelter in Newport, Tennessee—brings the total reward to $12,000.

“Anyone heartless enough to beat and kill these animals has a shocking and dangerous disregard for others’ suffering and may be a real and present danger to the entire community, human and not,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information to come forward immediately, before someone else is hurt.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 865-215-2243.

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