Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered for Help in Cat-Killing Case

PETA Joins Police in Seeking Public's Help to Determine Who Is Responsible for Four Animals' Deaths

For Immediate Release:
July 20, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Atlantic City, N.J. – In late March, the bodies of three reportedly homeless cats were discovered on the beach at Vermont Avenue in Atlantic City—and a few days later, a fourth dead cat was found on the beach at New Jersey Avenue. The animals’ cause of death is unknown.

The Atlantic City Police Department has opened an investigation and released photos of three men believed to be connected to the case. Now, PETA is offering 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 must recognize the individuals who may have had a hand in at least four cats’ deaths,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately, before more animals’ bodies end up on the beach.”

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 Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit at 609-347-5766. Anonymous texts can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Texts should begin with “ACPD.”

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