Created: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 03:17:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:52:11 EST
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a reward in the investigation into the Wednesday night break-in at a Macon animal shelter that resulted in three dogs being killed and 15 others injured.
PETA has put up a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for the crime at the All About Animals shelter.
On Thursday, Macon police said they were investigating it as a criminal trespass. It is believed that someone climbed a fence and went under barbed wired before letting the dogs out of their cages.
Three dogs ended up dead and more than a dozen others were injured. Four dogs were missing but were recovered in the neighborhood around the shelter, near Central City Park.
PETA reported that one of the dogs had been cut with a sharp instrument across the front of her body and down her legs.
"People who intentionally harm animals are cowards who take their issues out on the most defenseless beings available to them," said says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. "Studies show that these people often move on to human victims. PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward now, before these violent culprits strike again."
Anyone with information about the break-in is urged to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.