Pony Decapitation Prompts PETA To Offer Gbp 1,000 To Help Nab Those Responsible

For Immediate Release:
22 November 2011

Elisa Allen 0207 357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Spennymoor, County Durham – PETA is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for beheading a Shetland pony. A family’s beloved companion, Trigger, was reported stolen earlier in the month. The pony’s severed head was found by his distraught guardian on a track that is a short distance from the allotment where he was kept. No other body parts have been found.

Would you please share this information with your audience? It may be the only way to apprehend those responsible for this criminal case of cruelty to an animal.

“Someone in Durham must know something about the cruel individual who committed this callous act. We’re calling on anyone with information about the case to come forward”, says PETA spokesperson Mimi Bekhechi.A person capable of deliberately causing this kind of suffering to a helpless animal demonstrates a very worrying psychological state and must be found.”

People have good reason to be concerned about animal abuse. According to law-enforcement agencies and leading mental-health professionals, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to all animals – including humans.

Violent criminal Steven Barker; child-killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables and serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (Dunblane massacre), Fred West and Ian Brady all started on their violent paths by deliberately harming animals. Raoul Moat, the gunman responsible for shooting his ex-girlfriend and killing her new partner and later himself, also reportedly had a history of abusing animals.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Durham Police on 0345 60 60 365.