Dog tortured to death, now PETA offers reward
LEE COUNTY – Investigators are hoping they can track down the person who brutally tortured a small dog in North Fort Myers. And tonight, after watching our report, a national animal rights organization is stepping in, in hopes of finding the dog's killer.
Since our report first aired on Friday, hundreds have responded, outraged to hear someone tortured and killed ‘Bailey’, a 12 year old West Highland Terrier. After Bailey was brutally killed, her owners’ lives were ripped apart.
Daniel Gilliam: "You know it's killing me inside, it's hurting real bad. I miss her something real horrible."
Since our report, more than 300 people have posted it to their Facebook accounts but one woman's comments raises suspicion. On Fox 4's Facebook page she writes: "Learn how to shut your dogs up! I'm trying to sleep!” That concerns investigators with animal services.
Glenn Johnson - "Any time you have a serial killer there's a lot of animal abuse in their background so this is like a stepping stone for a serial killer."
A week and a half ago Bailey slipped away from her leash and disappeared for a few hours in Suncoast Estates. When she crawled back home someone had beaten her and glued her jaws completely shut.
Daniel Gilliam: "I pried her mouth open and she looked at me like, "Dad, sorry" and then she died right there."
This case has now caught the attention of PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Today a spokesperson sending a statement saying: "Those responsible for the terror, pain, and eventual death of Bailey...should be brought to justice immediately. Animal abusers are bullies and cowards who victimize the defenseless."
Glenn Johnson: "Somebody who could hurt an animal like this is a horrific person."
The reward for information leading to the arrest of Bailey's killer is rising. Fourteen residents have donated $3,400 dollars. PETA is now offering a thousand dollars and Crimestoppers will also pay up to a thousand; a total of more than $5,000 dollars.
For the owners, the news is bittersweet.
Daniel Gilliam: "I sure appreciate it, but I still ain't got my dog and it hurts me. I didn't want to talk about this."
If you have any information about this case call Crimestoppers. You will be eligible for a reward and you can remain anonymous. The number is 1-800-780-TIPS.