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September 7, 2010

The HSUS, United Paws of Tillamook Offer Reward in Ore. Cat Shooting

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 small female cat near Tillamook, Ore. in August. United Paws of Tillamook, together with anonymous individuals, are offering $2,000, raising the total reward offer to $4,500.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On Aug. 13, two people saw a cat in distress near the 13-mile marker of Trask River Road, about 17 miles from Tillamook. After discovering that the cat was injured, emaciated and in obvious pain, they asked a volunteer with United Paws of Tillamook, a nonprofit animal welfare group in Tillamook County, to capture the cat. The animal care worker found that the cat had been shot through the eye; the bullet traveled through the roof of her mouth and shattered her lower jaw, leaving her unable to eat. Due to the extent of her injuries, and her tremendous suffering, the cat was humanely euthanized by a local veterinarian. She was described as a small, young chocolate-point Siamese. 

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.

“The suffering this little cat endured is beyond comprehension,” said Scott Beckstead, senior Oregon state director for The Humane Society of the United States.  “Anyone capable of inflicting such vicious cruelty on a defenseless animal may present a danger to the human population, too. We applaud the Tillamook County Sheriff for taking this matter seriously and working hard to find the person or persons responsible. We are proud to stand with United Paws of Tillamook in offering this reward to help law enforcement bring the cat’s assailant to justice.”

Christine Watt, co-founder of United Paws of Tillamook, agreed, saying:  “As a community, we must take a strong stand against senseless cruelty toward animals.  This cat was small and delicate, and had no way to protect herself. For someone to shoot her and leave her to suffer is a terrible crime, and we thank the Tillamook County Sheriff for its efforts to track down whoever is responsible. We also extend a special thanks to the kindly individuals who saw this animal’s suffering and immediately acted to help her.”

The Investigators: 

The Tillamook County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Tillamook County Sheriff’s Deputy Prock at (503) 842-2561. 

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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