On Monday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced the offering of a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for burning a puppy who was found discarded in a trash can. The puppy, dubbed Phoenix, was discovered in Savannah, Georgia, in the early morning hours of November 4.
In a press release, PETA described how the puppy was discovered:
A security guard on the 600 block of E. Lathrop Avenue spotted what he believes may have been two juveniles dragging around a smoking garbage can—and after they fled, he opened the can to discover a puppy inside.
The injured puppy was transported to the Savannah Animal Hospital – she was examined and found to be suffering from smoke inhalation, burned ears and burns from melted plastic on her fur and feet. She is expected to make a full recovery and is also in the process of being adopted.
PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien stated:
“Somebody out there knows something about where this puppy came from and how she ended up burned in a trash can. PETA urges anyone with information about this dog or the reported young people who fled the scene to come forward immediately so that whoever is responsible for her abuse can be held responsible.”
Anyone with information about this puppy burning case is asked to reach out to the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department at 912-525-3124.
Officers Jessica Smith and Marquis Dillard helped rescue a puppy who was set on fire and put in a trash can this past Saturday on East Lathrop. A little after 1 a.m., a security officer saw two juveniles pulling a trash can around a building and then run off. The security guard noticed the trash can was smoky and immediately called 911. When our officers arrived and saw the pup inside, their hearts dropped. They took her to the nearest animal hospital and have been checking on her ever since. Today, we hear that she is doing well. Although 15% of her body was burned and she suffered smoke inhalation, she is expected to make a full recovery. Thank you, officers!*If you have information on who may be responsible, please reach out to us or Savannah Chatham CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020!
Posted by Savannah Police Department on Tuesday, November 7, 2017
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