Up to $5,000 Reward Offered in Dog-Dumping Case

For Immediate Release:
April 13, 2023

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Pulaski, 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 taping a dog’s legs together, enclosing him in a bucket, and leaving him in a dumpster outside Ollie’s Bargain Outlet.

According to reports, an employee at the shopping center discovered the dog—a 4-year-old tan Chihuahua mix with a white muzzle—during the day on Friday, March 31. The bucket he was trapped in is blue with a white lid and text that reads, “Pioneer Athletics,” and is believed to have originally contained field-marking paint. The dog is now in the custody of the Pulaski Police Department.

Police are investigating, and PETA is asking local residents to help spread the word and put up free downloadable posters (available here) in businesses and schools, on bulletin boards, and anywhere else that they’re allowed to display them in the hope that someone will recognize this dog—and know who abandoned him.

“This dog was bound, sealed inside a bucket, and dumped like garbage to suffocate or starve to death,” says PETA Senior Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “If there are any other dogs in the culprit’s custody, they’re likely in danger, and PETA is urging anyone who might know something about this case to come forward immediately.”

Tipsters should contact Detective Rick Riddle of the Pulaski Police Department at 540-994-8609.

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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