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November 19, 2013

Reward Offered in Utah Death of Kittens and Mother

Two kittens survive after being thrown from a moving car

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 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­throwing four kittens and the mother cat from a car on I-15 north of Salt Lake City, Utah, killing three animals.

The Case: News reports give the following account: Natalie Clements was driving north on I-15 near Kaysville on Thursday, October 31 around 4:35 p.m., when two people in a maroon F-150 traveling about 60 mph ahead of her tossed five cats out the window. Clements got off at the next exit, turned around, and found the cats on the shoulder. The mother and two kittens that hit the pavement were killed instantly. The two other kittens landed in the bushes and survived the toss. Clements walked through the bushes and collected the kittens — an orange one and a black one — both small enough to fit in the palm of her hand.

The kittens were initially taken to The Davis County Animal Shelter for vaccinations and then released to The Cause Rescue to be adopted.

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.

Tracy Roddom, assistant shelter director at Davis County Animal Services said: "I think it's just horrific. Anyone who doesn't want a pet anymore can drop them off at the shelter rather than abandoning them or tossing them out of a moving vehicle.”

Sundays Hunt, The HSUS’ Utah state director, said: “This was an appalling act of cruelty and we hope our reward will help to bring whoever is responsible for this crime to justice. Animal cruelty is a felony in Utah, and we are grateful to law enforcement for their diligence on this case.”

The Investigators: Utah Highway Patrol is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Trooper Ashley Creighton at 801-447-8120.

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 an HSUS board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.  

Media Contact: Cheylin Parker, 301-258-1505, cparker@humanesociety.org

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