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November 12, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Oakland County, Mich., 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 cat with an arrow in Oakland County, Michigan.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On Wednesday, a resident of Brandon Township, Mich., found a 1-year-old domestic shorthair cat with an arrow lodged in his body and notified the Oakland County Animal Control Division. Authorities at the Oakland County Pet Adoption Center suspect that the cat had been shot more than a week prior to being found. The cat’s wounds had become so badly infected that veterinarians made the decision to humanely euthanize the cat.

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.

“It’s distressing to think of someone deliberately shooting such a small, gentle animal with an arrow,” said Jill Fritz, Michigan state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We hope our reward will help hold whoever shot this innocent cat accountable for their cruelty.”

The Investigators:

The Oakland County Animal Control Division is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Administrative Supervisor Joanie Toole at (248) 393-3572.

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.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.

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