The Animal Rescue League Of Boston Offering $1,000 Reward In Fall River Pet Shop Break In

BOSTON, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston is offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the vandalism, theft and killing of more than two dozen exotic fish and coral at Animal Instincts Aquarium and Pet Center in Fall River, Mass.

Surveillance footage taken inside the store on Wednesday, February 20 shows a pipe-wielding vandal maliciously smashing fish tanks, including a 180-gallon reef tank. A female Blue Tang miraculously survived despite spending several hours outside of water.

"Malicious destruction of the aquarium reef habitat is in fact a wanton act of cruelty towards animals and it is appalling," says Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of Animal Welfare at the ARL of Boston. "The fact that they are fish does not change the fact that they are animals that suffered. These animals were deprived of necessary sustenance; the fish that died suffocated to death out of water.  The surviving fish struggled for hours out of water. The fact that the perpetrator removed a shard of glass to allow water to rush out of one of the smashed tanks more quickly demonstrates the willful intention to inflict this harm."

The ARL of Boston is counting on the public to step forward with information to help us bring the person or persons responsible to justice. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Fall River Police Department at (508) 676-8511 or the Animal Rescue League of Boston's Law Enforcement Department at 617-226-5610 or 617-426-9170.

Animal Rescue League of Boston

Founded in 1899, the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. In addition to the organization's animal rescue, law enforcement, shelter, and veterinary headquarters in Boston, the ARL of Boston operates shelters in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster, Massachusetts. The ARL of Boston also maintains a fleet of animal ambulances and the mobile Spay Waggin' providing subsidized spay/neuter services throughout Massachusetts' South Shore and Cape Cod.

Media Contact: Jennifer Wooliscroft, The Animal Rescue League of Boston, 617-293-3530,

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