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October 28, 2011

Reward Offered in La Grange, Ky., Cat Poisonings

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­poisoning cats in a La Grange, Ky., apartment complex.

The Case: Oldham County Animal Control gives the following account: On Oct. 11, Oldham County Animal Control officers were called to an apartment complex on Anchor Avenue after a resident reported finding a pan of antifreeze-laced cat food near a group of dead and dying cats. Upon arrival, the officers found two cats dead. Two more cats died later, one en route to the shelter and the other euthanized. The cats were part of an Oldham County Humane Society-managed Trap-Neuter-Release program of about 35 unowned cats. All of the cats were sterilized, vaccinated and ear-tipped for identification.  

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.

“These cats were part of a managed colony, living harmoniously within the apartment complex, and anyone who would so cruelly kill these cats deserves the maximum punishment under the law,” said Pam Rogers, Kentucky state director for The Humane Society of the United States.

The Investigators: Oldham County Animal Control is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Officer Barbara Rosenman at (502) 222-7387.

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 Van Tassell: 240-751-0232; pvantassell@humanesociety.org

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