For Immediate Release: June 13, 2013
Contact: VAISHALI HONAWAR, firstname.lastname@example.org or (240) 482-2580; CATE SNYDER, email@example.com or (240) 482-3890
Alley Cat Allies Doubles Reward for Information in Deliberate New Orleans Kitten Killing
$1,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest
BETHESDA, MD—Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats has doubled the $500 reward offered by the Humane Society of Louisiana for information on the intentional and brutal killing of a kitten on the Crescent City Connection Bridge in New Orleans last week.
On Monday, June 3, local resident, Liz Newman, was driving on the Crescent City Connection and reported seeing a kitten running across several lanes of traffic on the heavily-traveled bridge. Newman and several other motorists had stopped on the bridge in an attempt to rescue the kitten when a white pick-up truck sped up, swerved, and deliberately ran over the kitten. According to the Humane Society of Louisiana, the passenger to the right of the vehicle turned around and laughed at Newman before speeding away. The kitten was later euthanized because of its injuries. “We are shocked by this heinous crime and act of violence,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.
“We are working with the Humane Society of Louisiana and local law enforcement authorities to ensure that those responsible for this heartless act will be brought to justice and that New Orleans’ cats will be safe from this kind of cruelty in the future.”
In addition to the reward, Alley Cat Allies plans to offer on the ground support for local residents and advocates. “In our experience, the vast majority of people are compassionate toward animals,” said Robinson. “The outrage expressed by the community in response to this horrible act of cruelty proves this. We will be working with local organizations to provide community members with information on ways that they can help cats in their community. It will be therapeutic for them and will benefit the entire community.”
The Humane Society of Louisiana has also reported that in the days following this incident, three more kittens were found on the Crescent City Connection, with only one of the kittens surviving. “We’re asking motorists to be vigilant on the roadways,” said Jeff Dorson, director of the organization. “We appreciate Alley Cat Allies’ support and we’ll hopefully be able to identify the perpetrators.”
State Police are continuing their investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Humane Society of Louisiana at 1-888-6-Humane (1-888-648-6263) or contact State Police.
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.