Up to $5,000 Offered to Nail Perpetrator in Cat-Killing Case

PETA Seeks Public's Help in Finding Culprit(s) Who Hacked Four Cats in Half

For Immediate Release:
October 13, 2017

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Spokane, Wash. – The remains of four dead and mutilated cats—two front ends and two different hind ends, some of which were missing organs, muscles, and bones—have reportedly been found in the Spokane area:

  • In August, half of an orange-and-white medium-haired cat was discovered in a backyard south of Francis Avenue and west of Ash Street.
  • In the last week, halves of two more cats (a tabby and an orange short-hair) were found in a nearby field.
  • Half of a fourth cat (an orange-and-white short-hair) was found buried in a backyard at Northwest Boulevard and Euclid Avenue.

Officers believe the incidents to be linked but have yet to make any arrests in the case, prompting PETA to offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person or persons responsible for the cats’ deaths.

“Someone out there is killing and mutilating cats, so it’s important that anyone with information about this case come forward before anyone else gets hurt,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “Cases like this are why PETA urges animal guardians to keep cats indoors, where they’ll be safe.”

According to leading mental-health professionals and law-enforcement agencies, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to the community at large.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that the safest place for cats is indoors. Dogs and cats should never be allowed to roam unattended outdoors, where they may be taken, attacked by other animals, or abused by cruel people.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) at 509-477-2532 or [email protected].

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