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Press Release

For Immediate Release: December 4, 2012
Contact: ALISON GRASHEIM, media@alleycat.org or (240) 482-1985; JEFF DORSON, (901) 268-4432

HUMANE SOCIETY, ALLEY CAT ALLIES HOST TOWN HALL MEETING TO ADDRESS RECENT CAT KILLINGS AND SPUR COMMUNITY ACTION

CLINTON, LA— The Humane Society of Louisiana and Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, have partnered to hold a Town Hall meeting on December 13, 2012 in Jackson, La. to address two recent incidents in which cats were brutally killed in East Feliciana Parish. So far there are no leads in the cases, although Alley Cat Allies is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators in each case. Invited speakers include East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Talmadge Bunch.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Media are encouraged to attend.

WHO: The Humane Society of Louisiana and Alley Cat Allies
WHAT: Town Hall meeting to address recent cat killings in East Feliciana Parish, La.
WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, December 13, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jackson Civic Center, 2084 Hwy 10 Jackson, La.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jeff Dorson, HSL Director and ACA Lead Investigator, 901-268-4432; Alison Grasheim, Alley Cat Allies’ Deputy Communications Director, 240-482-1985

Background for reporters

The first incident involved the hanging of an owner's beloved kitten. On the morning of October 7th, Mr. Jarriet Boatner came out on his front porch on Booker Lane and discovered that his kitten, Kitty, had been hanged from a low-lying branch in his front yard. Upon seeing his kitten, Mr. Boatner collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, where he spent the next full week recovering from anxiety and depression. The 4-month-old Kitty was grey with a white underbelly. A $5,000 reward for information in the case has been established by Bethesda, Md.-based Alley Cat Allies. The reward will be given for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. "Several of our humane investigators traveled to the scene of the crime to interview Mr. Boatner and his daughter, Sharon Johnson, who also witnessed the crime," says Jeff Dorson, Alley Cat Allies' lead investigator.

A group of humane investigators also visited a second site in Ethel, La., where more than one dozen cats were recently shot to death and/or wounded. A colony of friendly outdoor cats was shot by one or more perpetrators in front of an abandoned residence on Butler Lane. Several national humane groups chipped in $6,000 for a reward fund, and Alley Cat Allies nearly matched it with a second $5,000 donation, bringing the total reward offered to $11, 000. The reward will be given to anyone who has information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

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Established in 1988, the Humane Society of Louisiana is based out of New Orleans and has 12 satellite chapters throughout the state. Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Their website is www.alleycat.org.