November 6, 2009
The HSUS Offers Reward in Ga. Halloween Cat Mutilation Case
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 inflicting burns across the body of a small kitten in Stockbridge, Ga., on Halloween night.
News reports give the following account: An 8-week-old kitten was found wandering around the Waterford Place Apartments in Stockbridge on Halloween night, covered with burns. The kitten, now named Sweetie, was taken to the Alpharetta Animal Hospital for evaluation. The veterinarian believes the scars were likely caused by an acid burn, and that her fur will likely never grow back. Despite the horrible injuries, Sweetie is said to have a wonderful disposition and is being adopted out by the PeachState Pet Partners.
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.
"Anyone capable of hurting a kitten like Sweetie can be dangerous to people," said Cheryl McAuliffe, The HSUS' Georgia state director. "Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."
The Clayton County Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Capt. Mark Thomas at 770-477-3509.
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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