On Thursday, Aug. 29, PETA announced that a small white poodle was reportedly thrown from the Alaskan Way viaduct – and they’re offering a reward of up to $5000 to find the perpetrator of this crime.
According to PETA, the small dog was thrown from the Alaskan Way Viaduct at Union Street, possibly from a moving vehicle, at approximately 11:10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25.
The dog miraculously survived the fall without severe injuries, but ;aw-enforcement officials have yet to make any arrests in connection with the incident. PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this act.
“Animal abusers are cowards,” says PETA Director Martin Mersereau.
“They take their issues out on the most defenseless beings available to them. Seattle residents have good reason to be concerned. According to law-enforcement agencies and leading mental-health professionals, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to all animals—including humans.”
Anyone who has information about this case is encouraged to contact the Seattle Animal Shelter at 206 386 4288.
Washington state has strong animal cruelty laws to protect the animal. RCW 16.52.205 (animal cruelty in the first degree) is defined as:
(1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized in law, he or she intentionally
(a) inflicts substantial pain on,
(b) causes physical injury to, or
(c) kills an animal by a means causing undue suffering, or forces a minor to inflict unnecessary pain, injury, or death on an animal.
(2) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized by law, he or she, with criminal negligence, starves, dehydrates, or suffocates an animal and as a result causes:
(a) Substantial and unjustifiable physical pain that extends for a period sufficient to cause considerable suffering; or
For more information, you can visit PETA’s website here.
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