PETA offers reward for pool shark information

Posted at 4:12 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 12:09:12-05

HYPOLUXO, Fla. (AP) - An animal rights group is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever dumped a live shark into the swimming pool at a South Florida condo complex.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced the reward Wednesday.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded to the Mariner's Cay condominium in Hypoluxo earlier this month after a woman found a live five-foot blacktip shark in the pool.

The woman told officers she saw two young men running from the pool, which is located near the shoreline of the Intracoastal Waterway. The officers removed the shark from the pool and returned it to the ocean, but there's a good chance the shark later died from exposure to chlorine.

Blacktip sharks are among the most common species in coastal South Florida.