Reward Reaches $3,500 in Dog-Hanging Case

PETA Joins Effort to Find Out Who's Responsible for Hanging a Dog and Leaving Her to Die

For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Tucson, Ariz. – A good Samaritan reportedly made a shocking discovery near the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium on the morning of May 12: A dog had been hanged from a tree by her upper jaw and left there, covered with what appeared to be semen. The canine, now named Sunny, was rushed to a veterinary clinic to receive treatment for her serious injuries, including muzzle and brain trauma. Law-enforcement officials have yet to make any arrests in connection with this case, prompting PETA to offer a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime. The Animal Defense Council is also offering a reward of $1,000.

“Someone in the Tucson area was callous enough to subject this poor dog to the agony of being hanged and left for dead, and that person is dangerous,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately, before anyone else is hurt.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is urging families to keep their animal companions safely indoors and never leave them unattended outdoors, where they may be stolen or hurt by cruel people. Dogs should always be accompanied in the yard and escorted on walks with a comfortable, secure harness and leash.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact 911 or Crime Stoppers at 520-88-CRIME.

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