$5,000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to an Arrest for the Hit and Run That Injured Faithful Friends Founder and Killed Her Dog 


Kayla Mullen
Marketing & PR Manager
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$5,000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to an Arrest for the Hit and Run That Injured Faithful Friends Founder and Killed Her Dog 

For Immediate Release 

(New Castle, Delaware – February 16th, 2024) A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest, about the December 2023 hit-and-run accident that injured Faithful Friends Animal Society founder and Executive Director, Jane Pierantozzi, and killed her dog, Emma. Ms. Pierantozzi was walking Emma on December  10th, when they were struck by a vehicle on South Clayton Street near the intersection of South Clayton and Maple Streets in Wilmington.

The driver fled the scene. According to the Wilmington Police Department, the striking vehicle is believed to be a tan minivan or full-sized SUV, which fled south on Clayton Street (traveling in the wrong direction) following the collision which occurred at approximately 7:45 p.m. 

Ms. Pierantozzi was hospitalized with injuries and underwent surgery on her leg. She is on leave from the organization while she continues to recover. “The driver who struck Jane irrevocably changed her life and ended Emma’s. Thankfully, Jane’s spirit of determination and dedication are powering her recovery and her desire to return to work,” said Bob Wasserbach, Chair of Faithful Friends board of directors. “In the meantime, our strong and competent team is ensuring that Faithful Friends continues  its lifesaving work in her absence.” 

The incident is under active investigation by the WPD Traffic Unit. Anyone with information or video is asked to contact Wilmington Police Department Sgt. Pete Leccia at (302) 571-4414 or; or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333 or The reward is offered by a group of individuals who support Faithful Friends. 


About Faithful Friends 

Faithful Friends Animal Society (FFAS) is Delaware’s premier no-kill shelter and sanctuary serving the state and surrounding communities. Since its founding in 2000, FFAS has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of companion animals in Delaware by advocating for reforms, increasing public funding for spay/neuter, finding loving homes for rescued pets, and providing safety-net services aimed at reducing pet relinquishment. Located in New Castle, Del., FFAS serves 17,000 pets and 24,000 people annually through rescue/adoption and outreach services including a low-cost veterinary clinic, free pet food bank,  and the state’s only pet lifeline resource hotline for pet caretakers in crisis. For more information, visit



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