PETA Offers Up to $5,000 Reward in Cat Shooting Case

For Immediate Release:
April 12, 2021

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Watsonville, Calif. – PETA is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for reportedly shooting multiple cats with BB guns at an apartment complex at 327 and 331 E. Beach St. According to Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter officials, two cats in the complex have sustained BB injuries since March—resulting in at least one death. Another cat, shot earlier this year, recovered after her guardian sought veterinary care.

An investigation by police hasn’t turned up any leads, and PETA is hoping for public assistance to solve the case before other cats are hurt or killed. Would you please share this information with your audience? It may lead to a break in the case.

“Whoever shot these cats must be stopped before more animals endure the same hideous fate,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information to come forward immediately, and we recommend always keeping cats safe indoors.”

PETA notes that some people consider free-roaming cats to be “pests.” Across the country, these animals are shot, poisoned, and stolen by angry neighbors. They are also mutilated, drowned, beaten, set on fire, used in ritual sacrifice, or used by dogfighters as “bait.” Cats can lead happy lives indoors and should be given opportunities to explore the outdoors only under watchful human eyes.

Tipsters should contact the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter at 831-454-7200.

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

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