Puppy in Plastic Bag
For Immediate Release
February 25, 2013
Contact: Paulette Dean
The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a reward of $1,000 for information that
leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who tied a 4 month-old puppy in a
plastic bag and placed the bag in the dumpster on Oak Street in Danville.
Around 1:30 this afternoon, a young man noticed the bag moving and tore it open. The
puppy immediately came out of the bag.
She is a pit bull mix type dog, and is suffering from hair loss and rashes.
underweight, and is currently being evaluated and treated at a local veterinary clinic. Indications
are that she has other health issues.
“We are horrified by this; the puppy had no chance of surviving if she had not been
rescued,” said Paulette Dean, the director of the Danville Area Humane Society. “Furthermore,
it is obvious that the person who did this meant for the puppy to die.”
Lynn Shelton, board president and humane investigator, said, “Abandonment is an
ongoing problem in this area. Bringing a puppy with medical problems to the shelter would not
have cost the owner anything.”
Abandonment of animals is ille
gal, but this case could also meet the cruelty standards in
Virginia. Cruelty to animals is a Class 1 misdemeanor, and is punishable by a prison term of up
to twelve months, a fine or up to $2,500, either or both.
Anyone who has information about this act of cruelty is urged to contact the Danville
Area Humane Society at (434) 799-5306. Calls may be kept confidential. The reward program
is supported by donations; taxpayer funds are not used.