Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered in Deadly Cat-Dumping Case

For Immediate Release:
March 24, 2021

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Waterbury, Conn. – 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 reportedly sealing a black-and-white cat and her four newborn kittens inside a Tupperware container and abandoning them on the side of the road, causing one kitten’s death.

A good Samaritan discovered the unconscious cats late Saturday night somewhere near Waterbury and alerted the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, which rushed them to a veterinarian for emergency treatment. The mother cat, who seems to be around 1 year old, initially appeared to be blind as a result of oxygen deprivation but has recovered her sight, and she and her three surviving kittens are recovering in a foster home.

“If someone hadn’t found these cats in time, all five members of this family would have suffocated to death inside that plastic container,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is calling on anyone who recognizes these cats to come forward immediately so that whoever left them for dead on the roadside can be held accountable.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter at 203-315-4125.

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