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Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 29, 2011
Contact: PATRICIA JONES, media@alleycat.org or (718) 651-7187; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or (202) 207-1134

ALLEY CAT ALLIES PRAISE ALBUQUERQUE POLICE FOR INVESTIGATION INTO SHOOTING OF NEIGHBORHOOD CAT

BETHESDA, MD — Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today praised the police force of Albuquerque, N.M. for its investigation into a case in which a feral cat was shot and killed as he sat on the porch of the home of one of his caregivers.

“We are grateful to the Albuquerque police department for taking this case seriously,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “Americans care about cats and will not tolerate such blatant animal cruelty. Shooting a cat – pet, stray or feral – is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In Albuquerque, it is a felony.

“Anti-cruelty laws exist to protect those without a voice from violent people, but in fact, these laws protect all of us. Research shows a strong link between cruelty to animals and other violent behavior. Perpetrators of animal cruelty are a danger to the whole community,” she said.

The cat, called Pris, had been cared for by several Albuquerque neighbors since he was a kitten. He lived mostly outdoors, spending his time in neighbors’ gardens or porches. On Tuesday, July 26, one of his caretakers discovered his body with a bullet lodged in his ribs, possibly from a sniper, according to local news reports.

State veterinarians are reportedly examining evidence, including the caliber of the bullet and other details, in order to move forward with a criminal investigation.

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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 more than 260,000 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.