PETA Offers Gbp 1,000 To Nab Puppy Abusers

For Immediate Release:
6 February 2009

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

Newbold, Rochdale – According to news reports, a gang of children attempted to roast two live puppies over a fire on a canal bank on Friday, 30 January. Luckily, a passer-by noticed and managed to rescue the puppies as the children fled.

PETA is offering up to £1,000 as a reward for information leading to the apprehension of the children responsible for this horrific crime.

Emergency humane-education materials are being rushed to schools in the local area, free of charge. The educational materials are designed to help children of all ages recognise the importance of showing compassion and empathy for all beings.

This disturbing act of cruelty follows an incident in Rochdale last April in which a gang of 4- and 5-year-old children beat a Staffordshire bull terrier puppy with a stick. PETA is calling on parents, teachers, mentors and youth groups to act.

“Animal abuse is never something to shrug off as a part of growing up”, says PETA spokesperson Suzanne Barnard. “Putting a stop to violent tendencies as soon as they become apparent must be a priority and is the responsibility of all members of society.”

Rochdale residents have good reason to be concerned about animal abuse cases such as these. History shows 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.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

To order a free humane-education pack to help teach children of any age to understand the importance of kindness towards animals, please visit