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Dog in Mortal Danger of Starvation, Exposure, and
Drowning, Group Warns Officials
For Immediate Release:January 4, 2013
Contact:Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sent
an urgent letter calling for officials from the Lumpkin County Sheriff's
Office, county road department, and animal shelter to work together and
immediately rescue Blade, a dog who has been trapped in a 200-foot culvert, or
underground drainage pipe, located along Long Branch Road near Sugarplum Lane
since January 1. As PETA explains in its letter, Blade has been screaming in
distress from inside the culvert, but his cries are growing weaker, and his
family is frantic to retrieve him.
"Every minute that Blade spends trapped in the pipe is
terrifying—and he may not have much time left," says PETA Senior Vice
President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. "PETA is
standing by and will do anything in our power to help Lumpkin County officials
safely return Blade to his family."
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
PETA's letter to Lumpkin County officials follows.
January 4, 2013
To: Stan Kelley,
Lumpkin County Manager
Sheriff Stacy Jarrard, Lumpkin
County Sheriff's Office
Ben Chitwood, Lumpkin County Road
Eddy Harris, Manager, Lumpkin
County Animal Shelter
From: Kristin Simon,
Senior Cruelty Caseworker, PETA
Re: Rescue needed for
dog trapped in culvert
Your urgent attention is requested.
PETA is an international animal rights organization with more
than 3 million members and supporters globally, including thousands residing in
Georgia. On January 2, our headquarters was contacted
by the Sears family of Dahlonega regarding their coonhound, Blade. According to
Hunter, the Sears' distraught 16-year-old son, Blade was last seen running
through a briar patch near a relative's home on January 1, and when the family
tried to recover the dog, they were horrified to hear him screaming in distress
from inside a 200-foot culvert located along Long Branch Road. We understand
that officials from the county road department as well as the Sheriff's Office
have visited the scene but have not yet retrieved the dog and that the family's
efforts to rescue Blade have been unsuccessful. Meanwhile, Blade's tracking
collar continues to transmit a signal from inside the culvert, but the dog's
cries are growing weaker.
We write today to respectfully implore Lumpkin County
offices to work together in order to rescue this animal before he dies of
starvation, exposure, or drowning. Please know that PETA stands ready to assist
in any way possible. May we hear from you soon regarding this urgent matter?
Thank you for your consideration.
Kristin SimonSenior Cruelty CaseworkerCruelty Investigations Department
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