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PETA offers reward in dog's death

January 29, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A $2,500 reward has been posted for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who broke the front legs of a small mongrel dog and left her in a trash bin to die.

The dog, estimated to be between 7 and 10 months old, was found Jan. 11. She died Jan. 13 following an operation on her legs. Candy Bennett, executive director of the Antietam Humane Society in Waynesboro, said last week that the dog's heart may have given out.

The reward is being put up by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a spokeswoman at the 800,000-member organization's headquarters in Norfolk, Va., said Wednesday.

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"This was a very cruel act," said Tarina Keene, one of three animal cruelty caseworkers working in PETA headquarters.

"This is a particularly egregious case," Keene said in explaining PETA's decision to put up the reward. "The person who did this is still out there."

The reward will also serve as an alert to residents to keep an eye out for animal abuse, Keene said.

The dog, a 19-pound white German shepherd mix, was found by a security guard making his rounds at the Landis Gardner factory on East Sixth Street. The guard heard a whimpering coming from the bin and investigated.

Waynesboro Police and humane society officials responded.

When the dog was found, she had makeshift splints on her front legs put together with broken rulers and duct tape. She was wearing a blue nylon collar, but had no tags.

Shelter officials are at a loss to explain how the dog's legs ended up in splints. X-rays showed that the dog's legs were broken in the same place, leading shelter officials to believe the breaks were not accidental.

A veterinarian who treated the dog believed her legs had been broken about three weeks when she was found.

Bennett said last week the dog did not appear to have been starved or abused. She was cuddly and friendly, Bennett said. Shelter workers named the dog Hope.

Keene agreed that the dog had a sweet disposition.

"It's hard to injure an aggressive animal," she said.

The Waynesboro Police Department is investigating the incident as a case of animal cruelty. Anyone with information can call police at 717-762-2132 or the Antietam Humane Society at 717-763-9091.

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