November 4, 2013
Reward Offered in Kansas Cat Decapitation
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 the killing and decapitation of a cat in Great Bend, Kan.
The Case: The Great Bend Police Department gives the following account: A male cat was found on the 1400 block of 12th Street in Great Bend with his front leg and head cut off. The police department has no other information at this time. Heather Acheson, director of the Golden Belt Humane Society, is asking for help from the public.
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.
“People who perpetrate crimes against animals rarely stop there,” said Midge Grinstead, The HSUS’ Kansas state director “I hope this reward helps law enforcement identify and convict someone for this crime.”
The Investigators: Please contact Lt. Bailey of the Great Bend Police Department at 620-793-4120 with any information.
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.
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