February 14, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Oakdale, Calif., Cat Shooting
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 3-year-old cat in Oakdale, Calif.
The Case: Oakdale Police Department Sgt. Joseph Johnson gives the following account: On the morning of Nov. 26, 2011, a resident in the 1300 block of Speer Street in Oakdale noticed that her sister’s mixed-breed cat, Corona, was missing from her home. Between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., the resident found Corona in the driveway with blood on her face and near death. Corona was immediately taken to the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Modesto, where she was treated for her injuries. The veterinarian found at least 15 BB pellets in Corona’s body and nasal cavity.
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 shoot such a defenseless animal like this cat. The person or persons who committed this horrific act need to be held accountable for their actions,” said Kaylea Kowalski, cruelty coordinator for the Animal Rescue and Response Team at The Humane Society of the United States. “We hope our reward helps find the individual or individuals who committed this despicable act.”
The Investigators: The Oakdale Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 209-847-2231.
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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