September 25, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Killing of Three Detroit Cats
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 three cats and leaving their bodies on their Detroit owner's front lawn.
News reports give the following account: On Tuesday, neighborhood children discovered the dead bodies of two adult cats and one kitten on the cats' front lawn, in the 300 block of Newport Street on Detroit's east side. The Michigan Humane Society determined that the deaths were a result of deliberate cruelty, but will perform full necropsies on the cats to make further determinations. The cats' guardian, Sandetrice King, said she considered the animals to be part of her family and said her children were "destroyed" by the incident.
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 HSUS reward is in addition to a $2,000 reward offered by Michigan Humane Society, raising the total reward offered to $4,500.
"Those who abuse animals can be dangerous to people," said Jill Fritz, The HSUS' Michigan state director. "Michiganians have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Michigan Humane Society is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the shelter's Cruelty Investigation Hotline at 313-872-3401.
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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