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PETA offers up to $1,000 to nab dog abuser

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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is hoping a reward will help lead investigators to the person(s) who abused 25 pit bulls discovered this week in Biloxi.

Biloxi Police believe the injuries are related to dog fighting. Three of the animals were so severely injured they had to be put down. Police have yet to identify those responsible for the abuse.

So PETA is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit or culprits.

"Dog fighting is as much an issue of community safety as it is animal abuse," PETA Director Martin Mersereau said. "This activity is almost invariably associated with drugs, weapons, and illegal gambling. Research in psychology and criminology reveals a consistent pattern of cruelty to animals among perpetrators of violence toward humans."

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Biloxi Police Department at (228) 392-5052.

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