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Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2009
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, or 202-207-1134

Pet or feral, killing cats is a crime; animal cruelty often indicator of greater threat

BETHESDA, MD — Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s advocate for stray and feral cats, today called
for swift justice in the case of the Florida man charged with the gruesome murder of 19 pet and
feral cats in Miami-Dade County.

“This situation represents more than a terrible tragedy for these cats’ owners and caregivers,” said
Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “This is a very serious crime. Intentionally killing
a cat is a criminal offense in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, regardless of the
ownership status of the cat. Pet, stray or feral – all are protected.”

“Violence toward animals is not only barbaric – too often, such acts are a harbinger of an even
greater threat to society at large,” Robinson noted. “This is precisely why the enforcement of anticruelty
laws is so critically important. We will be keeping a very close watch as the prosecution of
this case unfolds.”

“Our hearts go out to the victims of this cruel and senseless tragedy,” Robinson said.
For more about the anti-cruelty laws and the link between violence to animals and future
violent acts, go to


About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the nation’s leading advocate for stray and feral cats. Their website is