Reward Reaches Up to $10,000 in Dog-Mutilation Case

PETA Joins Search for Culprit(s) Who Abandoned Three Puppies, Shattered Two Puppies' Jaws

For Immediate Release:
May 31, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Oakland, Calif. – On Saturday night, two 4-month-old female German shepherd puppies—one with a missing paw and the other with a severely broken jaw—were found in a pile of garbage at the intersection of 89th and G streets in Oakland. Just days later, on Monday afternoon, a 4-month-old German shepherd–husky puppy with a shattered jaw was found in the same area.

Both dogs with broken jaws are now receiving emergency treatment, and the third puppy is in a foster home. Law-enforcement officials are investigating but have yet to make any arrests in connection with the cases, which may be related. That’s why 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) responsible for either of these crimes. PETA’s contribution doubles the existing $5,000 reward offered by Pet Food Express, bringing the total reward to $10,000.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is also asking people to help spread the word by putting up free downloadable posters, available here, in businesses and schools, on bulletin boards, and anywhere else that they’re allowed to display them.

“At least two puppies in Oakland have suffered the agony of a broken jaw and the terror of being dumped in a pile of garbage,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Communications Lisa Lange. “PETA urges anyone with information about these cases to come forward immediately so that whoever left these dogs to die can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Oakland Animal Services at 510-535-5602.

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