PETA offers reward to catch puppy torturer

The national animal advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced it will offer $2,500 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for beating and cutting a puppy two weeks ago.

“We hope to give an incentive for anyone with possible information to talk,” said PETA cruelty caseworker Tarina Keene, explaining that her organization heard about the injured puppy from “helpful eyes and ears that notify us of animal abuse cases.”

The five-month-old, black Labrador retriever puppy was found on April 2 by a Port Orchard resident when he wandered into her yard, bleeding from a large gash in his throat. According to PETA, the dog’s paws were broken and his head had been beaten.

“We believe any form of animal abuse is despicable, but when you hear about a puppy ... it’s just unfathomable,” Keene said. “He’s such a young puppy — such a cutie.”

The puppy — now named “Lucky” — apparently is recovering from his wounds after being stitched up by a local veterinarian, and he was adopted by the local family who found him.

Keene advised any local residents to keep a careful watch on their pets, and to not leave them outside unattended.

“Bring your companion animals inside,” she said. “No dog or cat is safe when there’s an abuser on the loose.”

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