PETA offers reward up to $5,000 in case of abused alligator

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Credit: SWFL Crime Stoppers

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case of an abused alligator.

The alligator was found impaled by arrows and bound by rope on April 28 near a backyard pond on Oak Hill Loop off Cross Creek Boulevard in south Fort Myers.

The animal was taken for treatment but there have been no leads on the suspect, according to PETA.

“Someone shot this alligator twice in the neck, tied the animal up, and left him or her to suffer and die,” said PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information to come forward immediately so that the abuser can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $3,000 if an arrest and conviction are made.

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