Reward Reaches $15,000 in Cat-Killing Case

PETA Joins Effort to Find Culprit(s) Who Have Killed and Cut Up at Least Seven Cats Since October

For Immediate Release:
August 10, 2018

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Thurston County, Wash. – The remains of seven mutilated cats—who were apparently strangled and cut open before their spines were removed—have been reportedly found in public places in Thurston County since October. Most recently, the bodies of two cats were reportedly discovered in West Olympia: Olly, found on the 1500 block of Dickinson Avenue N.W. on August 3, and Harley, discovered at Decatur Woods Park on August 5.

Officers believe the incidents to be linked but have yet to identify any suspects in the case, prompting PETA to offer 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. Together with a reward of up to $10,000 offered by Pasado’s Safe Haven, Washington’s Most Wanted, and other contributors, the total reward in this case is up to $15,000.

Will you please share this information with your audience? It may be the only way to apprehend those responsible for these crimes.

“If there’s a serial cat killer on the loose, it’s essential that anyone with information about this case come forward before the victim count rises any higher,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “Cases like these are why PETA urges animal guardians to keep cats indoors, where they’ll be safe.”

According to leading mental-health professionals and law-enforcement agencies, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to the community at large.

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 Thurston County Animal Services at 360-352-2510.

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