June 24, 2013
Reward Offered in Davidsonville Case of Cat Found Pierced with Arrow
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 shooting a 2-foot-long arrow into a cat near Davidsonville, Md.
The Case: Anne Arundel County Animal Control officers give the following account: The 2-year-old orange cat named Xena lived with its owner on the 3000 block of Riva Road in Davidsonville. On Wednesday, June 12, the owner noticed that Xena had been shot with a bolt from a crossbow, and called Anne Arundel County Animal Control to catch her. The owner signed over custody of Xena so that the cat could receive the necessary treatment for her injury and find a new home. Rude Ranch Animal Rescue, a Harwood, Md.-based rescue, agreed to take, treat and eventually place Xena in a suitable home.
Xena is now recovering at Rude Ranch, and authorities are looking for assistance from the public to locate the individual(s) responsible for the crime.
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 is truly callous crime to shoot a pet cat with an arrow, forcing it to suffer for days in pain and fear,” said Tami Santelli, Maryland state director for The HSUS. “We hope this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this terrible act of animal cruelty.”
“Animal Control staff and Anne Arundel residents are extremely disturbed that someone would inflict this type of injury on a cat,” said Anne Arundel County Animal Control Administrator Robin Small. “We are asking for help from the public to find the individual responsible.”
The Investigators: Anne Arundel County Animal Control is investigating this case and asking anyone with information on it to call 410-222-8900 or 410-222-8610.
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. The HSUS recently doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from HSUS board member Cathy Kangas and her husband Ed Kangas of New Canaan, Conn. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.
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