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 mutilating a cat and abandoning her in a park in Simi Valley, Calif.
The Case: On Sept. 28, Ventura County Animal Services received a report of a deceased cat on Orr Ave. in Simi Valley. The cat was found on the grass in a highly visible area with her stomach eaten away. A necropsy revealed the cat was killed by sharp force trauma and then mutilated post-mortem.
This latest act of brutality on an animal has similarities with another active cruelty case from Simi Valley involving a dog, Pepper, who was murdered and mutilated, post-mortem.
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.
Courtney Fern, California state director for the HSUS said: “We are very saddened and concerned that yet another animal has been cruelly killed and mutilated in Simi Valley. The HSUS would like to thank the Ventura County Animal Services and Simi Valley Police for their dedication in finding the person or persons responsible.”
Tara Diller, director of Ventura County Animal Services said: “Yet again, we are extremely disheartened by a vile act of animal cruelty in our community. For this to occur twice in one month in the City of Simi Valley is of great concern to us. We won’t rest until we bring closure to these cases.”
Ventura County Animal Services and Simi Valley Police are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Bryan Bray at 805-383-4717 or Simi Valley Police at 805-527-2911.
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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