January 5, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Brooks County, Ga. Cat Burnings
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for burning three cats with fireworks in Brooks County, Ga. Other reward money has been offered.
News reports give the following account: Three cats were found badly burned at a mobile home park off Soaring Heights Drive. A group of people attached firecrackers to the animals and set them on fire. One of the cats had to be euthanized due to the extent of his injuries. While another of the burned cats — Blackie — is expected to recover, the fate of another of the burned cats — Little Jim — remains uncertain. He was being treated at the University of Florida, where doctors said he'll need several skin grafts to get back on track. Donations have covered a small portion of his medical bills, but news reports have said bills could mount $15,000, and Little Jim might have to be euthanized before it reaches that point. Information on Little Jim's status may be found at brookssheriff.com.
Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.
"Those who abuse animals can be dangerous to people," said Cheryl McAuliffe, The HSUS' Georgia state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Brooks County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Sgt. Keith Anderson at 229-263-7558.
The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. To see our journalists' animal cruelty resource guide, which includes information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to: humanesociety.org/crueltyresources.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.