Reward Reaches Up to $8,000 in Dog Abuse Case

PETA Joins Search for Culprit(s) Responsible for Stabbing Two Dogs, Dragging Them Along the Pavement, Killing One

For Immediate Release:
June 15, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Princeton, W. Va. – On Sunday, May 27, an injured dog named Lexi was found in the Lilly Grove subdivision of Princeton. She had a stab wound on her side, a tooth and claws missing, and road rash all over her body. While taking her to the animal shelter, a Mercer County animal advocate found another dog’s body, also with road rash, on Thornton Avenue. A necropsy revealed that this dog had been stabbed to death through the heart before a portion of her body was skinned.

Lexi, who had escaped from her yard during a recent storm, has since been claimed by her guardians and is expected to recover, but law-enforcement officials have yet to determine who is responsible for abusing her and/or killing the other dog. 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 or both of these crimes. PETA’s contribution joins an existing $3,000 reward, bringing the total reward to $8,000.

“At least two dogs in Mercer County were stabbed and dragged along the pavement, and one of them died in this horrific attack,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about these violent crimes to come forward immediately so that whoever tormented them can be found and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

Anyone with information is urged to call the Mercer County Humane Society at 304-460-8626 or the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department at 304-487-8364.

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 outside and never leave them unattended in the yard.

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