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The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Mesa, Ariz., Cat Mutilations

As many as 12 cats believed missing, three found dead

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 stealing and abusing cats in the Mesa, Ariz., area.

The Case: News reports give the following account: As many as 12 cats are believed to be missing in Mesa. In one reported case, video surveillance shows a man driving up to a pet cat, petting the animal and then grabbing him. Three deceased cats have all been found in the same location under suspicious circumstances, indicating possible abuse.

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.

“Disturbing doesn’t even begin to describe the fact that at least one person lured and took a pet cat like a stranger with candy. And the notion that at least 12 cats are believed missing and three are dead under potentially similar circumstances is gut-wrenching,” said Kari Nienstedt, Arizona state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We urge Mesa residents to exercise caution by keeping their cats indoors—the safest place for them—and hope that our reward brings forward anyone with information about this heinous crime.”

The Investigators: Mesa Animal Control is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 480-644-2268.

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.  

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