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January 26, 2011

Reward Offered in Pomona, Calif., Kitten’s Shooting Death

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 kitten to death with a pellet gun in Pomona, Calif., on Jan. 15.

The Case: The Inland Valley Humane Society and S.P.C.A. gives the following account: At about 7:30 a.m. Jan. 15, a resident in the 1100 block of Wisconsin Place heard a gunshot-like noise, went outside to investigate and found a kitten convulsing on her driveway. The 6-month-old cat died shortly afterward, before the Inland Valley Humane Society and S.P.C.A. arrived in response to the resident’s call for help. A radiograph revealed a pellet was lodged in the kitten’s skull. The cat’s owner has not been identified.

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.

“Animals deserve our protection and those who commit such egregious acts of animal abuse are at significant risk of becoming violent to people,” said Jennifer Fearing, The HSUS’ California senior state director.

The Investigators: The Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Humane Investigator Beth Les at (909) 623-9977, ext. 695.

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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