November 11, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States Offers Reward for Tuscaloosa Cat Abuse Video
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 beating a cat in a video posted on Twitter.
The Case: On Monday, Nov. 2, the Tuscaloosa Police department began receiving complaints about a video depicting someone beating a cat. The Tuscaloosa police need your help to identify the person who recorded the incident and information on when and where the incident occurred, to obtain an arrest warrant.
Animal Cruelty: Gaining 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.
Mindy Gilbert, Alabama state director for The HSUS said: “The video of the cat being beaten has quickly gone viral with thousands of people expressing concern for the welfare of the cat and demanding an investigation into the event, allegedly committed by a student attending the University of Alabama. Deliberately abusing an animal and then posting a video of the abuse is not acceptable."
The Investigators: The Tuscaloosa Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case – specifically who made the video and where and when it was filmed – should contact Investigator Akers at 205-248-4520, or CrimeStoppers at 205-752-7867.
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 National Sheriffs’ Association and The HSUS recently launched ICE BlackBox, a free smartphone tool, to allow users to record video of illegal animal cruelty and share it securely with law enforcement for possible investigation and prosecution.
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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