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 cruel killing of a cat and intentional placement of the body on a local resident’s vehicle.

The Case: Earlier this month, Alachua County Animal Services responded to a complaint of a deceased cat found in a bag and intentionally placed on the hood of a resident’s vehicle. A forensic necropsy was performed on the cat and a veterinarian determined that the cause of death was intentional blunt force trauma. County officials say a video shows the individual purposely covering her face from the video and entering the garage on 4th Avenue in the College Park neighborhood around midnight on Feb. 5. The individual is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet 6 inches and weighing 110 pounds. She was wearing a grey hoodie, black sweatpants and pink shoes and was driving a late-model, black Nissan Frontier Crew Cab pickup truck. Surveillance video shows at least one other individual in the car.   

Animal Cruelty: Violence against animals is a crime that affects entire communities. 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. Securing the serious attention and engagement of law enforcement officials, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the whole community.

"No animal deserves to suffer and die from blunt force trauma the way this cat did. It takes a truly callous person to commit a crime like this," said Kate MacFall, Florida state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope that the reward encourages anyone with information about this terrible crime to come forward so this individual is held accountable.”

The Investigators:  Alachua County Animal Services is investigating this case in cooperation with the Gainesville Police Department. If you have information about this crime call 352-264-6880 or email ewilliams@alachuacounty.us.  

Resources: The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Cruelty Campaign 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. We offer rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The Humane Society of the United States has doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member. For information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.  

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