December 15, 2010
The HSUS Offers Reward in Louisville, Ky., Cat 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 torturing and killing two cats who were found dead in Louisville, Ky., on Dec. 4.
Louisville Metro Animal Services give the following account: On Dec. 4, Louisville Metro Animal Services officers discovered the dead, mutilated bodies of two male cats behind the Kroger, at 5001 Mud Lane. Both cats had been declawed, appeared to have been kept indoors, and were bound prior to being tortured and mutilated. One of the victims, an orange tiger cat about 6-8 years old, had a shaved strip of fur indicative of prior medication administration. The second victim was a 2-year-old grey tiger cat.
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 cats like this can be capable of hurting people, too,” said Pamela Rogers, The HSUS’ Kentucky state director. “I am thankful that the penalty for the torture of these cats is now a felony in our state, and we hope our reward helps gain a conviction for this senseless crime.”
Louisville Metro Animal Services and The Louisville Metro Police Department are investigating. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Louisville Metro Animal Services at 502-363-6609 or the Louisville Metro Police Department’s tip hotline at 502-574-LMPD.
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.
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