Up to $5,000 Reward Offered in Deadly Dog Abandonment Case

For Immediate Release:
June 12, 2023

Nicole Perreira 202-483-7382

Chesapeake, Va. – PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for starving and then abandoning a dog who died shortly after being found in a bin near Chesapeake Transfer Station, a waste management site.

Around 7:30 a.m. on May 31, city employees found the “severely emaciated” dog—a young male bully breed with black fur—alive but “barely hanging on” inside a gray plastic container on the 900 block of Hollowell Lane. They called the Chesapeake Police Department and tried to give the dog water, but he died before authorities arrived.

The Chesapeake Animal Services Unit is investigating but has yet to identify a suspect, so PETA is asking the public to help crack the case.

“This dog’s short life was marred by hunger and mistreatment, and as he was dying, someone shoved him into a bin and dumped him at a trash site,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. “If there are other animals in the perpetrator’s custody, they could be in grave danger, and PETA urges anyone with information to come forward right away.”

Tipsters with any information about the perpetrator or the dog should contact the Chesapeake Animal Services Unit at 757-382-8080, the police at 757-382-6161, or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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