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Reward for dog acid attack conviction increased to £6,000

June 17, 2019

A financial reward on offer for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for an attack on a dog in Newry last month has increased from £1,000 to £6,000 in a bid to apprehend the perpetrators.

A much loved family pet, Patch, a female Staffordshire Terrier, suffered extensive wounds and had to be put down after she was doused in acid.

The attack on May 28th prompted a tidal wave of revulsion across the district and the USPCA, where the animal was initially taken for treatment, offered a reward of £1,000 to encourage people to come forward with information.

Since then Northern Ireland Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue has pledged a reward of £5,000 for information that leads to a conviction, bringing to £6,000 the monetary reward now being offered to catch the culprits.

The Newtownards-based animal rescue charity says it is so outraged at the abuse of Patch that it has put up the £5,000 reward, which will be paid “as a thank you for information given to the PSNI that results in the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the harrowing attack”.

Julie Jenkins, co-ordinator of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue, said: “We are offering this substantial reward, a total of £5,000, because we feel there are people who know who did this to this poor dog, they know it was wrong, and they want to speak up but they need an incentive.

“The £5,000 from our charity will be paid as a thank you for information given to the PSNI that results in the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the harrowing attack on the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in Newry on May 28.

“That inhumane attack resulted in the dog being euthanised due to the severity of the injuries sustained.  We will not and can not stand by without doing everything in our power to seek justice for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier that was subjected to such pain and torture during and after the horrendous attack.

“There is no place in our society for animal abuse and abusers and we are appealing for anyone with any information that could assist the PSNI, to speak out against animal cruelty, hand over the information and help us prevent the chance of an other attack on an innocent dog.”

The USPCA’s Chief Executive Brendan Mullan said public disgust at the attack on the dog prompted them to offer their £1,000 reward.

He explained: “The graphic reports of the appalling acid attack that took the life of a family pet in Newry has triggered a tidal wave of revulsion and through the generosity of the public, we are now able to offer this £1,000 reward.  We would encourage anyone with information that may assist the PSNI in their investigation to contact them on the 101 number. It is important that the perpetrators of this vile and cruel act are found and brought before the courts.”

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