In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In New Jersey Dog Theft And Torture

Ridge was stuffed into a trash bag and tossed out of a moving car

New Brunswick, N.J. (September 27, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever took, then tortured and killed a family’s dog.

Ridge, a young adult dog, was taken from a locked fenced yard in an upscale area of New Brunswick. The individuals that abducted him used him as a bait dog for dog fighting. They starved, neglected, and abused him – then tossed his battered body out of a moving car, according to the New Jersey SPCA, the group investing this crime.

“The cold-bloodedness of this crime indicates what a danger this killer is to all of us,” said Eric Phelps, Emergency Response Unit Coordinator for IDA. “Someone knows who did this, and he or she will be serving the entire community by stepping forward.” Phelps added that FBI and other law enforcement agencies agree that a person who commits cruelty to animals “is probably just warming up,” a reference to studies showing that unpunished violence to animals usually leads to violence directed at people.

IDA urges anyone with information about this brutal attack to contact the New Jersey SPCA at 800-582-5979. To contribute to the reward fund, please call IDA at (415) 448-0048, ext.0.

Contact: Eric Phelps,, 503-754-0977

In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization located in San Rafael, Calif. dedicated to protecting animals' rights, welfare, and habitat through education, outreach, and our hands-on rescue facilities in Mumbai, India, Cameroon, Africa, and rural Mississippi. _________________________________________________________________________________

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