$5,000 reward offered for would-be dog killer in East New York
Culprit could pose risk to community
A nonprofit animal rights organization is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of a person who left a dog to die in East New York on Dec. 19.
The 10- to 12-year-old shepherd-mix male canine was named Saint Vincent by its rescuers and was found in a trash bag with its mouth tied shut near Jackie Robinson Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Since police officers have not yet made any arrests in connection to the case, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering the reward.
PETA’s motto reads, in part, “animals are not ours to abuse in any way.”
PETA’s Emergency Response Division Manager Kristin Rickman warned that individuals who harm animals might also pose a threat to humans.
“Anyone who abuses animals rarely does so only once and almost never stops there,” Rickman told the Brooklyn Eagle. “Animal abuse is a red flag for conduct disorders so whoever did this poses a threat to the community.
“We hope that with the assistance of our reward, someone who knows something will come forward.”
PETA placed posters advertising its reward in the immediate area around where Saint Vincent was found. The notices advertise the payment and direct people to contact law enforcement with any information about the incident.
“Only a dangerous person would tape a dog’s mouth shut and leave the terrified animal to die slowly in a garbage bag,” PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien said.
“Whoever did this, lacks empathy, and PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately before anyone else gets hurt.”
Saint Vincent was discovered after a passerby noticed sounds and movement coming from the waste receptacle.
Police officers arrived promptly and cut the container open to find the wounded dog.
The dog suffered from hip dysplasia, severe neglect and infections thought to be caused from lying in its own waste for several days.
“My immediate reaction was disgust, and I was repulsed that a human being could do that to a dog,” Medical Director of Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group Dr. Brett Levitzke told the Eagle after the incident. “I was astonished at the depth of cruelty.”
He added, “On admission to the hospital, he could barely move. He couldn’t lift his head. It was only after 24 hours of intensive treatment that he was able to start eating and drinking on his own.”
New York Bully Crew took custody of Saint Vincent and plans to find a family to adopt him.
“There is somebody out there who is going to recognize this beautiful dog’s face, and we can only hope that they call, make an anonymous call to the police or call some sort of media outlet,” Levitzke told the Eagle.
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