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PETA, others offer reward in dog mutilation case


ANDERSON – An Animal rights organization has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who mutilated a dog in Anderson.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, commonly known as PETA, has worked with Crime Stoppers to set up the reward in the event that the case is determined to be deliberate animal abuse.

Charlie Brown, a 12-year-old chocolate Labrador, was found by his owner and family in a puddle of blood with three paws amputated, a skinned tail and broken teeth on Nov. 21. The injuries were so severe that a veterinarian recommended the dog be euthanized, said Mandy Darling, Charlie Brown’s owner.

"The agony that Charlie must have felt after three of his paws and his tail were mutilated is painful even to imagine," said PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien in a press release. "If his injuries were intentionally inflicted, it's vital that whoever caused them be held accountable before anyone else gets hurt.”

Anderson Police Department is still investigating the case to determine whether they believe what happened to Charlie Brown was indeed an act of animal cruelty. Police Department spokesman Maj. Joel Sandefur initially said there was no evidence to suggest it was done by people rather than another animal, but a detective has been assigned to the case.

Darling posted graphic photos online that show the extent of the injuries, and the public outcry on social media has been evident.

PETA isn’t the only one stepping up with cash rewards. The Herald Bulletin and a local animal shelter have received calls from local residents, saying they would like to put forth their own cash rewards or donate to them.

One of those residents is Scott Zachary, a local landlord, who said he would personally pay a $500 cash reward for the arrest and conviction of who has done this. He said he’s heard of multiple reports of other dogs being mutilated in the area surrounding Charlie Brown’s home, which was in the 2100 block of McKinley Street.

Zachary said he owns a few homes in that area. He has a Yorkie of his own at home.

“I’ve seen everything you can think of,” he said. “For somebody to do what they did to that animal, it just makes me sick.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers, 765-649-8310.

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