August 27, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward In Bryant, Ark. Cat Beating
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 beating a cat to death near Bryant Middle School in Bryant, Ark.
Investigators give the following account: Bryant Animal Control officers were called to pick up a deceased cat in a parking lot at the corner of Rogers Drive and Reynolds Road near Bryant Middle School. Upon arrival, Officer Rebecca Fitch found that the a black, female cat had apparently been beaten and left to die.
Fitch reported that evidence at the scene indicated that the beating had occurred in the parking lot and may have happened early that morning. The cat most likely belonged to someone because a red reflective cat collar was found near her body.
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.
"The link between animal abuse and violence against humans is absolute and indisputable," said Desiree Bender, The Humane Society of the United States' Arkansas state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the animals with whom we share our world."
Bryant Animal Control and the Bryant Police Department are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Bryant Animal Control at 501-653-0765.
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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