April 1, 2015
Reward Offered in Texas Kitten Mutilations
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 mutilations of two kittens in the north Bedford, Texas area.
The Case: Two eight-month-old semi-feral kittens, one black and one tabby, were found by local animal advocates with very large wounds near their private areas and legs. After the cats were examined by a veterinarian, it was determined that the wounds were a result of intentional animal abuse. The black kitten’s injury was so severe that he had to be euthanized. The tabby is still undergoing treatment.
Animal Cruelty: There is a well documented correlation between the perpetration of animal cruelty and the continued and potentially escalating criminal behavior of such individuals.
Katie Jarl, Texas state director for The Humane Society of the United States said: “It’s unnerving to know that the individual who committed these heinous acts of cruelty is roaming freely in the Bedford community. Whoever did this to these innocent animals must be held accountable and we hope this reward will encourage someone to contact Bedford law enforcement with any information.”
Lt. David Smith of the Bedford Police Department said: “The Bedford Police Department is seeking information from the community that will help identify the perpetrators of this offense so they can be held accountable for their actions.”
The Investigators: The Bedford Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call: 817-952-2127.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org