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September 14, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Three Separate Cat Cruelty Incidents in Bartlesville, Okla.

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 persons responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­three recent acts of animal cruelty involving cats in Bartlesville.

The Cases: The Bartlesville Police Department gives the following account: Bartlesville police are requesting the public’s assistance in finding the individuals responsible for three separate cases of cat abuse that have occurred over the past month in the city:

On Aug. 10, motorists called police to report that they saw a man point a handgun at a caged cat while standing on  Sunset Boulevard. Police discovered a severely wounded and caged cat who had been shot in the head about 9 a.m. off Will Rogers Road near Sunset Boulevard. The cat was described as a gray, neutered male about 2 years to 3 years old. Witnesses described the gunman as a black male about 30 to 40 years old, wearing a doo rag on his head. A gold-colored sport utility vehicle was reportedly parked nearby. The cat—a male, neutered gray cat, obviously kept as a pet--had to be euthanized due to the extent of his injuries.

On Aug. 22, at about 3:45 p.m., witnesses reported to police that people were throwing kittens out of a moving vehicle in the area of Rogers Avenue and Herrick Street.  The vehicle used in the incident was described by one witness as a green pickup truck, possibly an El Camino. 

On Sept. 3, at about 9:30 p.m., a witness reported that she saw three teenage boys swinging and dragging a large, white cat by a string. The incident occurred near a shopping area in the 3000 block of Southeast Frank Phillips Boulevard. The cat was partially blind, and veterinarians have not been able to determine whether or not his blindness was due to the tightly-wrapped fishing wire around his neck, or if he was previously blinded. The cat is recuperating.

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.

“There is no excuse for wounding or killing defenseless animals and animal cruelty is a felony-level crime with serious penalties and consequences for the individuals involved in such despicable acts in Oklahoma,” said Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director for The Humane Society of the United States.  “We hope our reward will help find the perpetrators of these horrible crimes.”

The Investigators: The Bartlesville Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Officer Rita Harvey at 918-332-6903.

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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