DECATUR, GA— People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering a reward of up to $7,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person(s) who set a dog on fire on Sunday, Dec. 5.
Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta has offered a $2,000 reward, increasing the total potential reward from $5,000 to up to $7,000.
According to the DeKalb County Police Department, witnesses saw that the large, tan-and-cream, male Labradoodle was running on Lindsey Drive while “engulfed in flames” between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. The witnesses were able to put out the fire, but the dog remains in critical condition.
Police are investigating the incident, and PETA is hoping for help from the public before the dog’s abuser claims any more victims. It may mean a break in the case.
“This dog endured immense pain and terror when someone set him on fire, burning him severely,” said PETA Senior Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with answers to come forward so that whoever tortured him can be held accountable—and stopped before someone else is hurt.”
Tipsters should contact Detective Watson at 404-286-7990 or Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.