August 19, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Northern California Kitten Deaths
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 torturing and killing two kittens in El Dorado County, Calif.
El Dorado County Animal Services gives the following account: Someone left a cardboard box containing two dead kittens at the front door of the El Dorado County Animal Services shelter in Placerville between 5 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 7:50 a.m. on Aug. 12. Both kittens sustained severe head trauma and other injuries.The kittens have been examined by a veterinarian and the box and its other contents have been examined by the Placerville Police Department. One kitten was light orange in color, and the other was gray with tiger stripes.
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 Eric Sakach, senior law enforcement specialist for The Humane Society of the United States. "Californians have no tolerance for such heartless acts of violence against defenseless creatures."
El Dorado County Animal Services is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Lt. Candler at 530-621-7640, or Animal Services Officer Heather Gildersleeve at 530-621-7641.
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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