May 12, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward In East Illinois Cat Shootings
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 shooting two cats with pellet guns in two East Illinois communities.
On April 9, a stray cat was found shot in the eye in the area of Eastview and Stockholm streets in Paxton. The injured cat was taken to the hospital where his eye was surgically removed. The cat had been found near the bodies of five dead cats. On May 6, a cat was found with a gunshot wound just below his eyes in the 200 block of east Illinois Street in Mansfield. Police believe the shootings are related.
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 Jordan Matyas, Illinois state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Paxton Police Department is investigating the April 9 case. Anyone with information is asked to call 217-379-4315. The Piatt County Sheriff's Office is investigating the May 6 case. Anyone with information about that case should call 217-762-7822.
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 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. 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.