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Reward offered in Nicholasville, Ky., cat trapping 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 illegal trapping of a domestic cat, who suffered for days and lost three toes in a body gripping trap.

The Case: Jessamine County Animal Care & Control gives the following account: Nicholasville residents found a domestic cat on Williamsburg Drive dragging a body gripping trap on his leg. A veterinarian told law enforcement the cat appeared to have been in the trap between 48-72 hours before he was found. The trap, which does not appear to have been staked to a fixed point or chain, did not display owner identification tags as required by Kentucky law. Veterinarians amputated three toes and administered intravenous fluids and antibiotics. The cat suffered complications from surgery and will require substantial veterinary care. 

“The person responsible for setting this type of trap caused the cat to suffer immensely, and he could have died after days of pain if people hadn’t found him,” said Kathryn Callahan, Kentucky state director for The HSUS. “Such traps don’t discriminate and create a risk that a child could have stumbled into it. We hope our reward will bring someone forward with information on the person responsible for this animal’s injuries.”  

The Investigators: Jessamine County Animal Care & Control is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (859) 885-4836.

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.  

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org           


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