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 stabbing to death and spray-painting a cat in Charlevoix County, Michigan.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On April 15, a passerby reported a cat lying on Jefferson Street near Wildwood Harbor Road in Evangeline to the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies arrived, they found a 2 to 3-year-old, white and tan cat who was spray-painted, stabbed and deceased.

Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider told local media: “This is the type of incident that tears your heart out when you see this type of thing. And it’s difficult for me to understand why someone would do that.”

This is not the first cat mutilation in the area. A Charlevoix County man will go to trial in June on charges of spray-painting and injuring a kitten in Boyne City in November 2015. The kitten, named “Murphy” by the Charlevoix County Humane Society, recovered from his injuries and has been adopted.

Under Michigan’s animal cruelty law, deliberately killing, maiming, torturing, mutilating, disfiguring or poisoning an animal can lead to fines of up to $5,000 and up to four years in prison.

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 other crimes, including narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

Jill Fritz, Michigan senior state director for the HSUS, said: “It takes a truly callous and dangerous person to stab and mutilate a small, defenseless cat like that. We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information and help investigators find those responsible for committing this terrible crime.”

The Investigators: The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the office at 231-547-4461.

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, visit our animal cruelty statistics page.

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