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May 25, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward for Information in Sioux City, Iowa Cruelty 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 driving a nail into the forehead of a calico cat, who has since been named Amazing Grace.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On Wednesday, a female calico cat was found in Sioux City with a three-inch nail driven into her head, and was taken to Sioux City Animal Control for emergency surgery. The cat, who was named Amazing Grace by the animal control officer who found her, is now recovering from surgery at the shelter. The officer found the wounded calico after responding to a call from a woman about an injured cat in the area. Investigators believe Grace's attacker used a nail gun to inflict the injury. Grace was purring and eating shortly after her surgery on Thursday.

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.

"Whoever committed this horrendous crime against this innocent cat must be held accountable for their actions," said Carol Griglione, The HSUS' Iowa state director. "We hope our reward will help law enforcement find Grace's attacker and punish him or her to the fullest extent of the law."

The Investigators:

The Sioux City Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 712-258-TIPS.

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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