Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered in Cat Abandonment Case

PETA Asks Community to Post Fliers Seeking Information on Culprit(s) Who Dumped Cat Trapped in Plastic Bin

For Immediate Release:
September 27, 2018

Contact:
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Le Roy, N.Y. – At around 8:30 on Saturday morning, a passerby discovered a cat inside a plastic bin—which was taped shut with duct tape and had no holes or other means of ventilation—abandoned on the side of the road at the intersection of Munson and Gilbert streets. Officers believe that the male long-haired cat had been left there for approximately 20 minutes, and surveillance footage shows a white pickup truck at the scene.

The cat, now named Munson, is currently at the Genesee County Animal Shelter, but police have yet to determine who’s responsible for abandoning him and leaving him to suffocate. That’s why PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty-to-animals charges of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is also asking residents in the area to help spread the word and put up free downloadable posters (available here) in businesses and schools, on bulletin boards, and anywhere else that they’re allowed to display them.

“If someone hadn’t found him in time, this frightened cat would almost certainly have died inside that plastic box,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is calling on anyone who recognizes this cat to come forward immediately so that whoever shut him in this container and left him to suffocate can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Le Roy Police Department at 585-345-6350.

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