It’s hard to believe that there are people out there who are sick enough to seal a puppy in plastic. But unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened …

In Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania, a super-thin 6- to 12-month-old female pit bull puppy was found dead in a crate that had been wrapped tightly in plastic and tape and then discarded on the side of the road like trash. A necropsy (a surgical examination of a dead body) determined that the puppy had died of suffocation.😢 It’s heartbreaking to imagine her fear and panic as she was trapped inside, unable to escape.

dog sealed in crate mugshot

According to the Upper Dublin Township Police Department, pieces of drywall were used for bedding inside the crate.

There is good news, though: PETA, with the help of a generous donor, offered a reward of up to $5,000 for info leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible for the cruel act. Someone stepped forward, and the alleged perpetrator has been charged with abuse of an animal and other related offenses.

“Sometimes, a reward like PETA’s is the key to getting someone to come forward with the information needed to nab an animal abuser,” said PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “We encourage people to keep a sharp eye out for animals in trouble and to help them by reporting abuse and neglect to authorities.”

Mental-health experts and law-enforcement officials agree that people who harm animals often progress to violent crimes against humans. The FBI has found that many serial and mass killers have histories of abusing animals, including Albert DeSalvo (the “Boston Strangler”), Jeffrey Dahmer, “Son of Sam” David Berkowitz, “BTK Killer” Dennis Rader, and Columbine school shooters Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris. No big surprise there!

How You Can Help

For everyone’s safety—humans’ and animals’ alike—it is crucial that crimes against animals be taken seriously. If you ever suspect that an animal is being abused or neglected, please call law-enforcement officials right away. If authorities aren’t responding quickly, contact PETA

See a dog in a hot car? Here’s how to take action: