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Note: This press release was updated on August 24 to add the additional reward offer.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the mutilation of eleven cats in Thurston County, Washington. Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Humane Society of the United States is able to offer an additional $5,000 to the original $5,000 reward. This is in addition to an existing reward of $20,000 from organizations including Pasado’s Safe Haven, which brings the total reward to $30,000.
The Case: Eleven mutilated cats have been found in Thurston County, Washington, since February 2018. According to reports, three cats found in late July and early August were all confirmed to have been mutilated by a human, not an animal. The injuries included blunt force trauma and strangulation. The perpetrator sliced the cats either in half or down the stomach and removed part of each cat’s spine All of the remains were displayed in public locations. Investigators determined that they were killed at another location and their bodies left at the public area.
Animal Cruelty: 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.
“These are among the most disturbing and heartbreaking crimes I have ever seen,” said Dan Paul, Washington senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope that anyone with information about the individual or individuals performing these monstrous acts of brutality will come forward.”
Paul urges all cat owners to keep their cats safely indoors for their protection.
The Investigators: Thurston County Joint Animal Services is investigating the case. Anyone with relevant information should contact Officer Erika Johnson at 360-352-2510.
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. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, visit our animal cruelty statistics page.