Urgent: $6,000 Reward Offered to Catch Dog Strangler Who Sent Severed Ear With Photo to PETA

Unidentified Culprit(s) Hanged Dog and Sent Gruesome Package to PETA

For Immediate Release:
October 26, 2016

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Chattanooga, Tenn. – An envelope postmarked from Chattanooga and containing a photo of a dog strung between two trees arrived at PETA’s office in Virginia yesterday—along with the severed ear of a dog. PETA members are offering a reward of $5,000—and the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga has added another $1,000—for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for what appears to be the torture-killing of this dog. 

The photo—available here (warning: graphic)—depicts a light reddish-brown, medium-sized male dog with a white streak on his chest. Viewers/Readers may be able to identify the dog and/or the location from the photograph. PETA has also created free downloadable posters, available here, for members of the community to post on bulletin boards and in windows of businesses in the area.

“It should send chills down anyone’s spine to imagine someone out there hanging, killing, and cutting body parts from a dog who could only have been terrified—and then bragging about it to an animal-protection charity,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “The whole community is at risk if a violent person who acts out in this way is not found and held responsible, and PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that according to leading mental-health professionals and law-enforcement agencies, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to the community at large.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call PETA at 757-962-8328.

For more information about helping animals, please visit PETA.org.

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