November 19, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward in Ethel, La., Cat Deaths
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 the shooting deaths of several cats in Ethel, La.
The Case: News reports give the following account: On Nov. 12, Northside Humane Society volunteers caring for a group of about 25 community cats in Ethel reported that they found several cats shot. Veterinarians who treated the cats said that the animals were shot at close range by a .22-caliber rifle. The gunman or gunmen shot the cats in their eyes and rectums, primarily. At least four cats have died as a result of their injuries.
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.
“This is an inexcusable crime that deserves the serious attention of law enforcement and the community. It is well documented that those who abuse animals can move on to abuse people, too. We hope our reward helps bring forward information that will help find the heartless person who hurt these innocent creatures,” said Julia Breaux, Louisiana state director for The Humane Society of the United States.
The Investigators: Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Department at (225) 683-8572.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org