An animal-rights group has offered a reward for the conviction of the person who taped up a pit bull, wrapped him in carpet and left him at the side of a Yolo County road, where his lifeless body was found last week.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the dog’s death.
A man recently discovered the animal’s body near Woodland. He was driving near County Road 22 and the northbound Interstate 5 onramp about 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8 when he stopped his vehicle. He then saw a folded section of carpeting on the ground.
Inside the carpet he found a dead animal. He called authorities and the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office animal services unit was dispatched to the scene.
When animal services personnel arrived, they unfolded the carpet and saw a mature, male pit bull. The dog’s head was covered with a plastic bag, which was secured around his neck by tape. The animal’s legs were also taped.
A forensic pathologist ruled that the death was recent.
“Anyone heartless enough to torture and suffocate a defenseless dog poses a danger to the whole community,” said PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information about the incident to come forward immediately, before anyone else gets hurt.”