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July 13, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Case of Live Cat Found Half-Buried in Concrete in Colorado City, Ariz.

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­encasing a live cat in solid concrete inside a metal tube in Colorado City, Ariz.

The Case: The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office gives the following account: On May 31, a mangled, emaciated, but still breathing kitten was found buried up to his head in concrete, crying out in pain, in Colorado City. A man building a horse shelter discovered the kitten and freed him, but the animal succumbed to his injuries a few days later.

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 merciless person to torture an innocent kitten like this,” said Kari Nienstedt, Arizona state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime.”

The Investigators: The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Sgt. Mike Hoggard at 1-800-526-1911.

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, categories, click here.

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

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