August 17, 2011
Reward Offered in Oklahoma County Cat Mutilation Case
The HSUS 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 cutting off the back legs of a cat in Choctaw, Okla.
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 cutting off the back legs of a cat on Monday in Choctaw, Okla.
The Case: The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office gives the following account: On Monday, residents of a trailer park in the 13500 block of S.E. 29th Street in Choctaw called police after discovering a cat whose legs had been cut off at the knees. Despite the cat's horrible and painful injuries, he showed affection to residents who held him while waiting for deputies to arrive. The cat was taken to The Central Oklahoma Humane Society for treatment and remains under the care of a veterinarian there.
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 takes a truly cruel individual to maim an innocent cat in such a horrific way,” said Cynthia Armstrong, The HSUS’ Oklahoma state director. “We are hopeful that this reward will help find the person or persons who committed this despicable crime.”
The Investigators: The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Deputy Shawn Shelby at (405) 869-2501.
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 information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to humanesociety.org.
Media Contact: Pepper Ballard: 240-751-0232; firstname.lastname@example.org