For Immediate Release: November 27, 2012
Contact: PATRICIA JONES, email@example.com or (718) 651-7187; FRANCIE ISRAELI, firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 207-1134
ALLEY CAT ALLIES SEEKS ANSWERS, OFFERS REWARDS FOR INFORMATION IN BRUTAL LOUISIANA CAT KILLINGS
Tip hotline established, $5,000 rewards offered for information leading to arrests
BETHESDA, MD— Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, announced it has established two reward funds of $5,000 each in two separate but recent cases in Louisiana in which cats were brutally killed, and has also set up a tip line for members of the public who may have clues to help solve these crimes. Alley Cat Allies also said it has dispatched an on-the-ground investigator to seek answers.
The first case, which occurred outside Baton Rouge, La., involved a 4-month-old kitten who was hanged in the front yard of his owner, a 76-year-old man. In the second case, caregivers who had been looking after a colony of nearly two dozen cats in Ethel, La. left behind at an abandoned home discovered many of the cats shot to death by a .22 caliber rifle and mutilated by unknown criminals. Prior to the crime, the cats’ caregivers had been feeding them and trying to get them placed in other homes.
“We are outraged by these horrific crimes—and we know that many residents of these communities are just as shocked, just as outraged, and want these dangerous criminals brought to justice,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.
Robinson said Alley Cat Allies’ investigator has canvassed the neighborhoods with volunteers where each crime occurred, seeking tips and offering assistance to local sheriffs in identifying suspects. Alley Cat Allies is also offering two separate rewards of $5,000 each for information that leads to an arrest in either case; and has set up a tip line for residents to call in with any information they believe may be relevant: 1-888-6-HUMANE.
“Unfortunately, as so often happens in cases of animal cruelty, local police departments don’t have the resources to make these cases a priority,” said Robinson. “That’s why we’re doing our part to aid in the investigation; these cases must be solved, not only to bring justice for the cats who were cruelly killed, but to ensure that these communities can be safe from the dangerous criminals who perpetrated these offenses.”
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has nearly half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Their web site is www.alleycat.org.