June 11, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Va. Cat Mutilations
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 mutilating cats in the Lafayette Village subdivision of Spotsylvania, Va.
News reports give the following account: On May 22, a kitten was found injured at the bottom of a deep window well, and — nearby — her mother and another kitten were found dead from obvious mutilation. A necropsy shows that the mother cat's stomach had been opened with a blade and a dead kitten nearby had also been partially skinned. It is unclear if the mutilations occurred before or after the animals died. The kitten found in the window well survived.
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.
"Animal abusers can be dangerous to people as well as animals, and as long as the abusers think they can get away with this type of behavior, it will undoubtedly happen again," said Ann Church, The Humane Society of the United States' Virginia senior state director. "We appreciate the work being done by Shadow Cat Advocates to bring this case to our attention."
The Animal Control Division of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information regarding animal abuse should call Spotsylvania Crime Solvers at 800-582-5822.
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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