PETA Offers Gbp 1,000 Reward To Help Nab Dog Killer

For Immediate Release:
20 March 2009

Sam Glover 020 7357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Brechin, Angus – In a horrific act of cruelty, a dog was apparently left to starve to death in the Kinnaird Park Estate on the outskirts of Brechin. The mastiff was reportedly found on Friday, 13 March, tethered with twine to a barbed-wire fence and wearing a collar and muzzle.

A post-mortem examination reportedly revealed that the dog died from starvation and dehydration and may have been tethered for as long as two weeks. Disturbed by this cruel act, local residents have offered a reward to help catch those responsible.

PETA is offering an additional reward of up to £1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime.

PETA is also urging residents to keep a watchful eye on their animal companions. Because animals cannot report their own abuse and can do little to fight back, they are the perfect “practice” victims for those who tend towards violence.

Brechin residents have good reason to be concerned about animal abuse cases such as this. There is ample evidence that serial rapists and murderers often have histories of past incidents involving cruelty to animals. Child-killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Denis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Jeffrey Dahmer all started out by deliberately harming animals.

“Animal abusers are cowards”, says PETA spokesperson Suzanne Barnard. “They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Scottish SPCA on 0300 0999 999.