PETA Offers Reward of Up to $5,000 for Help Nabbing Cat’s Attacker

For Immediate Release:
March 11, 2021

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Cincinnati – PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person(s) responsible for beating and strangling an approximately 2-year-old gray-and-white shorthaired cat named Dagger and tying him to a tree.

Last Wednesday, Dagger slipped out of his home on Everglade Place in Fairmount. His guardian found him later that evening in a nearby vacant lot tied to a tree with a red retractable dog leash, which was wrapped so tightly around his neck that she had to cut it off. Dagger was bleeding from his eyes, nose, and mouth; there were puncture wounds on his body; and he was unable to stand. After several days of emergency veterinary care, he still couldn’t walk—and it’s uncertain whether he’ll recover.

“Just hours after this gentle cat accidentally found himself outside the safety of his home, he was tortured and left for dead,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information to come forward and help police find this cat’s abuser before they strike again.”

Anyone with pertinent information should contact Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

Just last month, PETA offered a reward seeking information about another animal-torture case in Cincinnati in which someone set a live raccoon on fire in Price Hill on January 26. PETA asks everyone to report any suspected cruelty to animals to the authorities and never leave animals unattended or allow them to roam alone outdoors.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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