$2,500 Reward Offered for Help in Nabbing Serial Cat Shooter

PETA Joins Animal Control, Police in Search for Culprit or Culprits Who Killed Two Cats and Shot at Least Four More With BB Guns

For Immediate Release:
June 12, 2015

Shakira Croce 202-483-7382

Versailles, Ky. – On Thursday, yet another cat in Versaille’s Lanes View subdivision was shot with a BB gun—the sixth so far this year, including two who died from their injuries. Several more cats in the neighborhood have been reported as missing. Versailles police and the Woodford County Animal Control are investigating the matter but have yet to make any arrests in connection with the incidents, prompting PETA to offer a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these crimes.

“Two cats have died, four more have been shot and left to suffer from painful and terrifying injuries, and several more are missing,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about the attacker or attackers to come forward immediately— before anyone else gets hurt.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—also stresses the importance of keeping cats indoors. In addition to being hurt by a cruel person, cats who roam outdoors risk contracting communicable diseases; getting lost, injured, or hit by an automobile; or being snatched up by “bunchers”—people who steal dogs and cats and sell them for use in experiments.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Woodford County Animal Control at 859-879-0598 or the Versailles Police Department at 859-873-3126.

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