Reward offered for information in cruel death of pit bull

PitbullPetuniaA reward is being offered for anyone with information leading to the person or people responsible in the vicious death of a pit bull in eastern Will County.

You may remember the story of Petunia in March. She was the pregnant pit bull found wandering the streets of Park Forest with fractured teeth and devastating burns on her body.

Veterinarians determined she had been hit by a car, and before that, gruesomely beaten and set on fire.

Petunia eventually did not survive her injuries, but gave birth to 10 puppies. Five of them were stillborn and two puppies later died. The three other puppies are doing well.

Anyone with information about the attack on Petunia can call the Cook County Sheriff’s Animal Crimes Unit at 708-865-4840.

The It’s A Pittie Rescue group is offering a $4,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The group says all information will be kept private and confidential.

MORE INFORMATION: Flyer from It’s A Pittie Rescue: Justice for Mama Petunia

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11 comments

  • Kathy Davidson

    Two more of the puppies has joined her at the Bridge due to her abuse.

    SOMEBODY has to know who owed this poor girl. Do the RIGHT thing and call!!!!!

  • practicalone2

    Pits are often owned not as pets, but as weapons, burglary prevention, for breeding, and/or for dog fighting. There is NOTHING that caring dog- people can do to change these facts or to reduce the disproportionate suffering and death of pits EXCEPT to reduce pit population.

    Read ANY book written about pits before the insane pit mongering began in the 1980s. The original pit men were selfish, sadistic and LOVE pit bulls for their abilities and instincts to attack and fight. The current pit breeders are also selfish and sadistic. They KNOW that many pits suffer, but they selfishly continue to breed more pits.

    What is the goal of pit mongers today? To have pits treated like non-bully dogs? That will never happen because so many are owned not as companions, but for the aggression,, power and virility that pit ownership provides their owners.

    Therefore dog fighting, with all its as-sociated neglect and abuses, will continue and even grow in scope and range. Law enforcement often looks the other way, as there are more important issues to address. In addition, what happens when they do raid a fighting ring? The insane pit BULLY people rant and rave, saying "don't kill the poor dogs." OK, but where were the pit mongers while a million too many pits are being bred and born, and then being killed in pounds from coast to coast? Silent, and nowhere, letting their good buddies the pit breeders make more suffering pits.

    It is not the fault of the BSL/spay.neuter-all-pits advocates that these dogs suffer and die. It is the fault of the selfish pit BULLY people, who refuse to offer or accept any solutions that would reduce these situations. Therefore, dogs like Petunia and her puppies will continue to be born, just to suffer and die after short brutal lives. Congratulations bully people!

    PS: next time you take in a pregnant pit, immediately spay her. Reduce the suffering and give the mom dog a chance. More pits equals more pits suffering. It's basic math.

    Want there to be LESS pit suffering, abuse and neglect in the future? Enact and enforce mandatory spay.neuter.microchipping of all pits, pit mixes, all dog aggressive dogs. No responsible pit owner gets punished, as his dogs are done already. If a "lab mix" wink is misidentified, no problem, just neuter the dog. Can't prove dog fighting is happening, even with injured and scarred dogs chained out to barrels? Get them spayed/neutered and that dog fighter is not making money on stud fees or puppy sales and is having more difficulty replacing his dead fighting dogs.

    Many who abuse or neglect their pits would not own any dog at all if requied to spay.neuter. Therefore dogs would not suffer in their neglect.

    • practicalone2

      In our area, two groups offer free spay/neuter for pits and pitmixes, but many pit owners simply will NOT spay/neuter. Therefore pits breed and die like flies. They fill our pounds, where they MUST be killed by the ton, LITERALLY, if only to make room for the next swarm of surplus pits.

      I cannot understand how this is acceptable to pit BULLY people, but it is. Proof is their refusal to offer or accept any BSL solutions to this BSL crisis.

  • Love dogs!

    I had a friend that had a pit. Nicest dog ever!! She loved my kids and even my parakeet! She was so well behaved. It's the way the owner treats and train them. I own a lab mix. She is a great dog as well.

  • TASHI

    POOR DOG, I HAVE A RED NOSE PITBULL AND SHE IS SO LOVING. HOW CAN ANYONE DO THIS TO A ANIMAL, PEOPLE DONT LIKE PITBULLS BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THEM. BUT ITS THE WAY YOU TRAIN THE DOG, AND MY DOG IS VERY GOOD WITH MY OBE YEAR OLD SON. I HOPE THEY GET THE OWNER OF THE DOG.

  • Amanda Morrow

    You know WHO EVER DID THIS SHOULD BE DONE THE SAME WAY. This TRUELY makes me sick. I HOPE THEY CANT SLEEP WITHOUT SEEING THAT PRETTY LITTLE FACE, And I PRAY THEY GET THEM!


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