An animal rights organization is asking for any information related to the alleged abuse of an elephant at Kelly Miller Circus in early August.
Authorities have not made any arrests in connection to the Aug. 8 incident in Point Place. That's why PETA is offering a $10,000 reward to any bystanders who come forward with information about it.
According to one eyewitness sworn affidavit, an elephant handler from Carson & Barnes Circus beat an elephant while children were riding on its back. The witness reports the handler used a bullhook (a steel rod illegal in Ohio) three times to prod the animal to move. The handler continued to whack the animal until it screamed, according to the witness.
"Anyone who beats an elephant with a bullhook in violation of Ohio law should face the legal consequences," says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. "If anyone saw an elephant handler with Kelly Miller Circus beat an elephantâ??in Point Place or elsewhereâ??please, do the right thing and come forward because the elephant can't tell the tale."
According to PETA, Carson & Barnes, and other exhibitors used by the Kelly Miller Circus, have a history of animal abuse.
Undercover video captured of trainers using bullhooks on elephants.
PETA claims the circuses also had repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Carson & Barnes Circus and Kelly Miller Circus have not yet commented on this issue.