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September 13, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Bennington, Vt., Animal 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 wrapping an adult cat, three dead kittens and four live kittens inside a blanket, and abandoning them at a Bennington, Vt., cemetery.

The Case:

The Bennington Police Department and news reports give the following account: On Sept. 6, a pedestrian found an adult cat and a litter of kittens wrapped inside a blanket at Morgan Street Cemetery, and called police. Inside were an adult cat, three dead kittens and four live kittens, all of whom were wet, and appeared to have been submerged in water. Two other kittens were found wandering the cemetery earlier in the day, and police suspect they are a part of the same litter.

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 is responsible for hurting these kittens can be capable of hurting humans, too," said Joanne Bourbeau, The Humane Society of the United States’ Vermont senior state director. "We hope our reward helps find the person or persons responsible and bring justice in this case."

The Investigators:

Bennington Police Department Officer Tony Silvestro is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 802-442-1030.

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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