May 19, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward In Miami-Dade County Serial Cat Killings
Animal Guardians Urged to Keep Cats Indoors
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 killing and mutilating 18 cats in the Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay areas of Miami-Dade County in recent weeks.
Police and news reports give the following account: Eighteen domesticated cats in the Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay areas have been killed and mutilated beginning May 13. Authorities are investigating the deaths of 13 cats found killed in Cutler Bay and five more who were found killed in the same manner last weekend in Palmetto Bay. The cats are being struck by an unknown object and then mutilated. The perpetrator or perpetrators then place the cats' bodies in plain sight for their families to find: Their bodies have been found near their homes, on sidewalks, front yards and doorsteps.
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.
"Anyone capable of mutilating a cat--let alone 18 cats--is certainly capable of hurting people," said Jennifer Hobgood, The HSUS' Florida state director. "While we hope our reward helps smoke out the cats' killer or killers, The HSUS urges South Florida residents to keep their cats safe indoors."
Cats allowed to roam outdoors face threats from traffic, diseases, poisons and injuries inflicted by other animals and malicious humans.
The Miami-Dade Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Dominick Columbro at (305) 234-4237 or Miami-Dade Animal Services Investigator Fernando J. Casadevall Jr. at (305) 884-1102, ext. 240.
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.
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