As Dog Recovers, PETA Offers Reward in Search for Abuser
Published September 18th, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Police are still searching for the man who beat and strangled his dog in front of two young girls outside a Gainesville apartment complex last week.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has announced they are joining in efforts to bring the man to justice by offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
The dog is still recovering at Alachua County Animal Services, and we spoke with the woman who came to the dog's rescue.
"It's very amazing that she's still alive and actually made it through the severity of the injuries," says Animal Services Field Officer Darlene Farnell.
Farnell showed up Thursday night, September 20th to the Polos apartment complex where she received a call about an injured dog. She was taken to a clinic to be treated and is now on the road to recovery.
"She had a couple of broken ribs, she had bruising on her abdomen, her belly area," she says, "she had a severe laceration on her head, which was the most concerning."
Farnell said when she got to the scene, she had to hold herself together. It was one of the worst cases she's ever seen.
Since then, the man who brutally attacked the dog has not been seen. Gainesville police are working with animal services in the hopes of making an arrest.
"We're not sworn officers so we can't make an arrest on scene," says Animal Services Investigator Jessica Lauginiger, "we would have to file a minims which could take, you know, several months for an arrest to happen."
Investigator for animal services says the police department aren't the only ones eager to help out. Lauginiger said the support from the community has been unbelievable.
The dog has been recovering and was given a new name, Pipen, meaning perseverance and freedom.
GPD is still looking for the man who beat the dog. They describe him as a 5'10'' to 6' white male of medium build with brown hair and a tattoo between his shoulder blades. Anyone with information should call GPD at (352) 955-1818.
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