PETA President Offers Reward of Up to $5,000 to Find Cat Killer

For Immediate Release:
March 28, 2022

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Nicholasville, Ky. – PETA President and founder—and author of 250 Vital Things Your Cat Wants You to Know—Ingrid Newkirk is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for killing a local family’s cat by shooting him with a nearly 6-inch hunting dart. The cat, George, had been missing for four days when his guardians spotted his white paws peeking out from under their Applegrove Drive home—leading them to believe that the perpetrator trespassed in order to kill him.

In 2020, a cat on the adjacent Strawberry Lane died after being shot with the same type of hunting dart. Police say they have no leads in either case, and PETA is asking for the public’s help to prevent more violent attacks.

“It’s critical to find these cats’ killer for their sake, but as criminologists know, people who pick on defenseless animals usually don’t stop there,” says Newkirk, “PETA urges anyone with information to come forward and for people to keep their cats inside where it’s safe.”

In her book, Newkirk lists many reasons—including dangers from traffic, dog attacks, sadistic humans, and infections from eating wildlife—why it’s important to keep cats indoors. She offers tips on enlivening an indoor cat’s life, including instructions on building a catio, providing a seat by a window that catches the sun, and even getting a cat used to going on supervised walks outdoors using a harness.

Tipsters should contact Jessamine County Animal Care & Control at 859- 881-0821.

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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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind