Dog Found Hanging in Philadelphia Playground

Earlier this week, a Philadelphia Humane Law Enforcement officer discovered a one-year-old, brown, pit-bull mix dead on a Philadelphia playground. The dog had been hanged from playground equipment. 

The officer discovered the female dog on the Barrett Playground. The time of her death is estimated to be in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 15.

The Philadelphia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is seeking information leading to an arrest of the perpetrator(s). A $4,500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

If you have any information about the crime, call the Pennsylvania SPCA’s 24-hour, toll-free, cruelty hotline at 866.601.7722.

Despite an ongoing investigation, the society needs help in gathering information. Often the chances of finding the perpetrator are better in the period directly following the crime because the offender may still be in the area.

The Link

Numerous research studies show a clear relationship between animal abuse and violence committed toward humans. A link most certainly exists. Some serial killers have been documented as animal abusers and killers in their youth.


“Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last 25 years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty.”

Reporting crimes and cruelty against animals could help prevent violence against people. If caught early in the violence cycle, perpetrators would be charged, arrested and dealt with before their violence escalates. 

Take Action:

Tell the U.S. Congress to expand on the Animal Welfare Act.

Protect domestic animals throughout the world from violence.

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By Jake Richardson


William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thanks for caring.

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Karen C.
Karen C7 years ago

The petition to expand the animal welfare act was started in May and has over 6,400 signatures with a goal of 10,000.

Charmaine Gonzalez
Marie Gonzalez7 years ago

That's horrible!!!

Michele L.
Michele L7 years ago

Diane L. and Mary Swan - What are you thinking? The police immediately saw this was not an accident but rather the intentional torture of a dog. A $4,500 reward is not offered to find the person responsible for an accidental hanging of a dog! The poll is asking whether research has proven a link between animal abuse and violence toward humans. You interpret the comments here as having the qualities of a lynch mob but I find the comments comforting. They are the comments of people who recognize that evil actions are performed by sick, twisted, dangerous minds. Whether that sick mind belongs to an adolescent or an adult does not matter - the person is still dangerous and must be treated that way.

Mervi R.
Mervi R7 years ago

Poor dog, this is just so sad and disturbing. The people responsible need to be thrown in jail for good!

Jelisa Rivera
Jelisa Rivera7 years ago

Thats horrible!! Omg animal abuse is the first sign to a murder

Leigh Anne Burnette-Turne

Absolutely dispicable!!!

Judy Sipes
Judy Sipes7 years ago

This is entirely beyond belief. There is no excuse for people like this. How can anyone inflict pain on any living creature. It takes someone who is need of help to do this to anyone or anything. I can't believe that they are reaching out for help, but I do believe they should turn themselves in and get the help , they need.