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November 20, 2009

NY Cat Cruelty

The HSUS Offers Reward in Third Unsolved Cat Cruelty Case in Troy

The Humane Society of the United States

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 a kitten with a pellet gun and leaving him to die in Troy, N.Y. This marks the third case of cruelty to a cat since last summer in Troy. The reward is in addition to a few large rewards, and a $50 reward offered personally by Troy Animal Control Officer Kevin McDonough, raising the total reward offered to nearly $5,000.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On Nov. 13, a weeks-old gray tiger kitten was found wrapped in a white T-shirt by construction workers on 9th Street in Troy, N.Y. Shot three times by a pellet  BB gun, the kitten was left to die in a garbage can, suffering from gunshot wounds and a broken leg. Despite efforts to save him at a local veterinary clinic, the kitten died.

McDonough said this is the third unsolved case of cruelty to a cat since June 2008, when a mutilated and tortured cat was found tossed into the Hudson River, near Madison Street. Weeks later, a 6-month-old cat was found tortured and dumped in the middle of the Congress Street Bridge. No evidence suggests the three cases are connected.

Animal Cruelty:

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.

"We are turning to the good people of Troy for help in solving this latest act of animal cruelty in the community," said Patrick Kwan, The HSUS' New York state director. "Anyone capable of such a barbaric act to a kitten can be dangerous to people. We hope our reward will bring those who are responsible to justice."

The Investigators:

The Troy Police Department and Troy Animal Control Officer Kevin McDonough are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 518-270-4426 or 518-270-4640.

Resources:

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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