7 Animals Found Dead Near PETA Office in Echo Park; $2,500 Reward Offered

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Seven animals were found dead near the Echo Park office for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, better known as PETA, recently offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing seven animals and leaving them on a busy thoroughfare near the organization’s Echo Park office.

A cat, four pigeons, a crow and a seagull were found dead on Sunset Boulevard near Rosemont Avenue (map) Friday, PETA’s Senior Media Coordinator David Perle said.

Their bodies were less than 200 feet from a PETA office.

The animals were found arranged in a circle and may have been the victim of a ritualistic killing, Perle said.

Officials were investigating if the deaths violated California’s anti-cruelty statute.

PETA offered a $2,500 reward for information that led to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime. Anyone with information was asked to contact PETA at 757-622-7382, extension 8037.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife were also investigating the incident.