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April 29, 2013

Reward Offered in Kensington Kitten Burning Case

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­intentionally setting fire to a kitten in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.

The Case: The Pennsylvania SPCA gives the following account: Humane officers recovered the 4-to-5-week-old male kitten near the intersection of F and Clearfield streets in the afternoon on Thursday, April 25. The kitten suffered burns on more than one-third of its body, with most of the burns on its head and back, officials said. The kitten is being treated at Crown Veterinary Hospital in Lebanon, N.J., and is expected to make a full recovery.

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 the latest in a disturbing string of animals apparently being intentionally lit on fire,” said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The HSUS. “This depraved act of cruelty will not be tolerated, and we hope this reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward and help bring the perpetrator to justice.”

The Investigators: Pennsylvania SPCA is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (866) 601-SPCA.

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: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

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