May 5, 2016
Reward Offered in Rockingham County, North Carolina Cat Cruelty Case
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 deaths of cats found in Madison, North Carolina, and other county locations.
The Case: The Rockingham County Sherriff’s Office gives the following account: On May 4, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office located nine medium-sized animal carrier crates in the area of U.S. 220 Business, south of Janet Road. Four crates contained decomposing cat carcasses, and all were lined with newspaper and several inches of decomposing food and animal feces. Two animal bowls were also located at the dump site.
According to a press release by the Madison Police Department, several other pet carriers containing decomposing cat carcasses were located by the Madison Public Works around 6 a.m. on May 4 on a dead end service road inside the Madison city limits.
Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents 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.
Erica Geppi, North Carolina state director for The HSUS said: “Leaving these cats for dead inside their kennels and carelessly tossing them out is heartbreakingly cruel and also a serious crime. We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this despicable act.”
The Investigators: As it is likely the two discoveries are connected, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a joint investigation with the Madison Police Department. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Rockingham County Crime Stoppers at 336-349-9683.
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 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 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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