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£1,000 Reward Offered To Help Find Man Who Beat Dog Then Broke Hero's Jaw

For Immediate Release:

30 April 2014

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Ben Williamson +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 229; BenW@peta.org.uk

Group Warns That Animal Abusers Are Likely to Escalate Behaviour Unless Stopped

Bristol – PETA is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who was seen kicking and choking a dog in Hartcliffe at 14:30 on 7 April. After a Good Samaritan called Chris Wright intervened to try to help the young greyhound, whose neck had a rope tied around it, the attacker turned on Wright, knocking the 25-year-old to the ground and breaking his jaw.

The incident took place on Fulford Road, near the junction with Hawkfield Road. The attacker was white, about 17 years old, 6 feet tall, of slim build with short blond hair, and wearing a grey hooded tracksuit top and trousers and a grey Nike T-shirt. He was with a friend, described as a 17-year-old male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, of chubby build with long hair, wearing a grey waterproof jacket and grey tracksuit trousers.

Would you please share this information with your audience to help police apprehend the person responsible for this cruel act?

"It is absolutely critical that this dog be taken out of the hands of this violent thug and that the man be apprehended and charged before he can hurt anyone else", says PETA spokesperson Ben Williamson. "Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whomever is available to them, human or non-human."

History shows that past incidents involving cruelty to animals regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers. Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (the Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Raoul Moat all started out by deliberately harming animals.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Bristol police via the 24-hour inquiry centre on 101. Wright's actions earned him a Hero to Animals Award from PETA earlier this month.

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

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