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 abandoning more than 50 cats. Of those, 18 had been shot dead. The cats were found in the southwest corner of the township of Spring Brook in Dunn County, Wisconsin.

The Case: According to Dunn County Humane Society, on April 27 at approximately 11 p.m., the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance with a call involving numerous cats who had been abandoned at the side of rural roads in the southwest area of Spring Brook. Eighteen of the cats had been shot and killed and 34 cats were recovered alive.

“The horror these cats and kittens experienced as they were abandoned—and many callously killed--is unthinkable. The suffering of these cats is taking an emotional toll on the incredible staff of the Dunn County Humane Society,” said Megan Nicholson, Wisconsin state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We’re incredibly thankful the Dunn County Sherrif’s Office is fully investigating this crime and hope the reward helps find the person or people who committed this appalling act.”

Dunn County Humane Society and Dunn County Sheriff’s Office are investigating this case. Anyone with relevant information is asked to call the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office at 715-232-1348 or visit dunncocrimestoppers.com to submit a tip online.

Securing the serious attention and engagement of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the whole community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and many other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

The Humane Society of the United States raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources and support 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 Humane Society of the United States doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member. The organization provides information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories.

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