Russell Simmons and ASPCA Donor Offer $15,000 Reward for Information Leading to the Arrest of Individual Who Dumped Puppies

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Friday, 27 February 2004

Anyone with information about the Queens dumping incident should call the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4450.

A reward of $15,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the five black lab puppies found in a Queens dumpster earlier this week. ASPCA donor Tracy Maitland and Kimora Lee and Russell Simmons (founder of Def Jam Records) came forward following the tragic news story earlier this week to offer the $15,000 reward. The ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement department is conducting an investigation into the case.

"We were all saddened to learn that someone would commit such a horrific and unconscionable act such as throwing out a litter of puppies as if they were garbage," said ASPCA donor Tracy Maitland. "We are determined and have the resolve and the patience to make sure that justice is served. "We are offering the reward to find the person who committed this heinous crime and hold them responsible for their actions."

Sanitation worker Stephen Falk stated that he found the abandoned litter of day-old puppies shivering behind a dumpster at 105th Street and Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park, Queens on February 20 and immediately brought them to North Shore Animal League. One of the pups succumbed to the sub-zero temperatures and could not be saved. The other four puppies - three males and a female - are expected to make full recoveries.

"We are tremendously grateful to Tracy Maitland, Kimora Lee, and Russell Simmons for their generosity in working with us to identify the individual responsible for this egregious act of animal cruelty," said ASPCA President Edwin J. Sayres. "It is our hope that by offering this reward, we will not only find the perpetrator, we will also send a powerful message to the public that animal cruelty is a serious offense and will not be tolerated."

All puppies are at North Shore Animal League and will be available for adoption in six to seven weeks. For information about the puppies, contact NSAL (516) 812-7263 ext. 254 or ext. 393.

Anyone with information about the person who abandoned the puppies should call the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4450.

For more information, or to contact American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, see their website at: www.aspca.org

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