February 27, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Green, Ore., Cat Killing
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 a bow and arrow in Green, Ore.
The Case: Douglas County Sheriff’s Animal Control Officer Lee Bartholomew gives the following account: On Feb. 15, Sammy, a 4-year-old spayed cat, went missing from her home at Western Star Mobile Manor, near Berry Lane and Cashew Lane. Her family looked for her for two days but couldn’t find her. On Feb. 18, a neighbor found Sammy’s dead body and a bloody arrow missing its tip in the community garbage dumpster. A necropsy revealed that Sammy died from an arrow wound; the wound was probably caused by a broad point used to hunt large animals.
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.
“As a matter of protecting animals, and for the safety of the community, it is very important that the person or persons responsible for this vicious act are apprehended and brought to justice,” said Scott Beckstead, senior Oregon state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We applaud the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for aggressively investigating this crime, and hope our reward offer helps provide the community and Sammy’s grieving family some sense of justice.”
The Investigators: Douglas County Sheriff’s Animal Control Officer Lee Bartholomew is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s tip line at (541) 440-4471.
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, click here.
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