People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced Wednesday that it’s offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for skinning alive a Vinemont family’s pet beagle.
The Cullman County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the animal cruelty case reported Nov. 18. A beagle named Anne was skinned alive on her back and sides. She was later euthanized. Another beagle owned by the family, Buttercup, also suffered minor cuts.
In its press release PETA said it believes that other animals in the area, and even residents, may be in danger as long as those responsible for the attack on the two beagles are at large. The group also is urging residents not to leave their animals outside unattended.
PETA cruelty caseworker Kristin DeJournett said usually the group offers $1,000 in cruelty cases. But in cases like the Vinemont one, it is offering $2,500.
“I’ve been working at PETA doing reward cases for three years and this is the worst I’ve seen,” DeJournett said. “When I saw the pictures I was horrified.”
PETA officials said that anyone with information about the case should call the Cullman County Sheriff’s Department at 256-734-0342. Kent Faulk.
Sheriff investigators tell us that they are working this as an active case and those responsible will face felony charges.
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