Up to $5,000 Reward Offered in Edwards Park Dog-Drowning Case

For Immediate Release:
March 15, 2023

Robin Goist 202-483-7382

Oklahoma City – PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for drowning four dogs whose bodies were found in a pond at Edwards Park with heavy bricks and/or cinderblocks tied to their legs.

Police suspect that the perpetrator(s) threw the dogs off the pier at the park near N.E. 10th Street and Interstate 35. The first dog was found in the pond on January 10, and from then until February 22, police recovered the remains of three more dogs. All four appear to be pit bull mixes, with ages ranging from 8 to 10 months to 4 years old.

The Oklahoma City Police Department and Oklahoma City Animal Welfare are investigating but don’t yet have any leads, so PETA is asking for the public’s help.

“These dogs must have been so scared and confused as water filled their lungs and their legs struggled against the heavy weights that were pulling them deeper and deeper,” says PETA Senior Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “Someone must know something about them, so PETA is urging anyone with information to please come forward before others suffer the same horrifying death.”

Tipsters should contact OKC Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300 or OKCCrimeTips.com.

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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