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Prime Victory: PETA Reward Pays Off

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Prime Victory: PETA Reward Pays Off by Alisa MullinsIt was every animal guardian’s worst nightmare come true: A woman returns home to find her home ransacked and her beloved dog, Penny, missing. As she walks through the house calling for Penny, she notices that the oven light is on and a chair is propped against the door. At that point, I can only imagine the feeling of horror that must have washed over her. Penny was in the oven, baked to death by the psychopath who, not content with robbing this woman of her possessions, robbed her of her best friend too.

PETA offered a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator. It turned out to be among the best $2,500 we ever spent. Thankfully, a person who overheard the man responsible for killing Penny bragging about the crime informed the police. Teofilo Falaniko was arrested, and I’m happy to report that he was recently convicted and sentenced to 11 years in jail, a punishment that I think you all will agree was richly deserved. The police department shared with us that it is unlikely that Falaniko would have been apprehended if not for our reward. The community of Dillon, South Carolina, can now rest a lot easier knowing that Falaniko is behind bars.

Studies indicate that people who commit violent crimes against animals like this one are often just getting warmed up. All the teens involved in the deadly school shooting sprees and just about every serial killer you can name-from Jeffrey Dahmer to the Boston Strangler-started out by killing animals. The man responsible for the horrific abuse and death of Baby P in London tormented animals as a child.

If you ever hear of anyone hurting or killing an animal, please report it to authorities right away. Your call could save both animals’ and humans’ lives.

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    Maggie says...

    December 12th, 2009, 7:30 am

    Oh I am So Sorry* what a despicable thing has been done to sweet Penny,,, Thank You Peta for offering this reward, You have done so much good !! *

    sandy says...

    December 12th, 2009, 10:04 am

    good news,yet disturbing are the facts that reveal how often humans are really monsters…

    Ann Coccagnia says...

    December 12th, 2009, 12:45 pm

    You guys are amazing! I had no idea this happened. It’s so good to know my donations do so much good.

    Ms Lois Koch says...

    December 12th, 2009, 2:30 pm

    I remember reading about those who were trained in the SS in Nazi Germany — they started being horrible to small animals first and then “they went up the ladder to the bigger ones.” Of course, we all have read what transpired in these true hell-holes. May God have mercy on our souls!

    Marg Durrance says...

    December 12th, 2009, 6:29 pm

    I would have no problem reporting animal abuse. This story is so sad.

    kayla shaw says...

    December 12th, 2009, 7:25 pm

    its horrible that animals have to suffer because theres so many stupid people in this world. thank you Peta for bringing justice. i love you!
    god bless the woman whos dog was tortured to death. i just wish that man would suffer more for what he did. he deserves to be put in jail for a long time for what he did. its a shame what this world has come to.

    Laureen says...

    December 12th, 2009, 7:39 pm

    These people need to be watched carefully as children. If there is ANY sign of animal abuse, the parents or guardians need to seek professional help at once. It is a proven fact that they grow up to commit horrific crimes against people.

    Carrie says...

    December 12th, 2009, 7:58 pm

    I cannot believe someone could do that sick horrific thing. That dog Penny didnt deserve that, she had an owner that loved and cared for her and then was brutally murdered. Well i hope that guy has a hard time in prison because that is a sick and twisted thing to do. That guy got off easy, that cruel inhumane and immoral person.

    If i ever hear of any animal abuse i will alert authorities and rescue the animal in any way i can.

    Erin says...

    December 18th, 2009, 5:35 pm

    That person is just digusting. If that was my cat, that man would wish he was dead. People who do things like that obviously have a mental problem, and he deserves a worse sentence. But no matter what you do he could never feel Penny’s suffering, and you can never bring Penny’s life back. I’m so sorry.

    Sharon Kennedy says...

    December 29th, 2009, 1:16 pm

    Ask the Good Lord to put Penny’s suffering on the cross so that good will flow. The Governor of All Nations will give all abused, tortured, persecuted justice – in the meantime, until Christ returns to claim His Kingdom, we must all be prayer warriors, rescuers, comforters, and front-line Christians in the battle for love and justice for all creation.

    Ms Lois Koch says...

    January 1st, 2010, 2:06 pm

    I have heard that other prisoners REALLY don’t want to be around these twisted so-called humans. This so-called human might really have some surprises as time goes on. Vengence never cured anything — it just builds up to other things.

    Issis says...

    November 12th, 2011, 1:05 am

    It is pathetic that anyone would need a reward to turn this monster in … Since he was already in jail for two other burgleries, I can’t help wondering if the one rewarded was a cell mate … Then too, since 5 years is the maximum sentence for heinous crimes against animals in the state where this crime occurred, I can’t help but wonder what years, if any, were added to this monster’s sentence, given his earlier record and on-going criminality. I can only hope that an animal lover becomes his cell mate and exacts real justice.

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