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  1. $5,000 Reward in Martinsville, Indiana Animal Cruelty Investigation

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    Alley Cat Allies is offering a cash reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the recent deaths and disappearances of up to 30 cats in Martinsville, Indiana. Cats have been found dead in the neighborhood near Home Avenue and South Street. Anyone with any information is asked to contact crime stoppers at (317) 262–TIPS (8477).

    “This is a disturbing and horrific case of animal cruelty, and we need to find whomever is responsible,” says Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Intentionally killing a cat—pet, stray or feral—is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We are hopeful that authorities will take this seriously, and we offer our full support throughout the investigation.”

    The Morgan County Humane Society has an active Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program and authorities say the majority of the cats that have been killed or disappeared were stray or outdoor cats.

    “A lot of residents feed and care for the cats—we help by getting the cats spayed or neutered and vaccinated—then the cats are returned to the location where they were trapped,” says Alicia Fouty, TNR coordinator at Morgan County Humane Society. “Over 500 cats have gone through our TNR program so far.”

    If you have information regarding this case please contact crime stoppers at (317) 262–TIPS (8477).

    Read the press release.

  2. TAKE ACTION: North Ridgeville “Humane” Officer Kills Again

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    In June 2013, just one year ago exactly, you helped us confront an unbelievable tragedy in North Ridgeville, Ohio—where “Humane” Officer Barry Accorti killed five kittens. “The woodpile five,” as they came to be known, were shot in a resident’s backyard while children watched. Together, we brought national attention to the incident and thought we’d reached a resolution.

    But just last week, the same humane officer was at it again. Almost a year to the day, Accorti trapped a defenseless baby raccoon and shot and killed her in the cage, again with children as an audience.

    Please join us in calling for the dismissal of Humane Officer Barry Accorti and his supervisor Police Chief Michael Freeman.

    TAKE ACTION today!

  3. Alley Cat Allies Calls for Dismissal of Ohio Humane Officer

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    Local advocates rally outside at the North Ridgeville Council Meeting.

    Local advocates rally outside at the North Ridgeville Council Meeting.

    One year ago, almost to the day, North Ridgeville Humane Officer Barry Accorti was in an Ohio residential neighborhood and shot and killed five kittens in front of children. Just this week, Accorti was at it again. This time his victim was a baby raccoon. Again, children looked on as he shot and killed the defenseless animal.

    We have sent a letter to Mayor G. David Gillock calling for the immediate dismissal of Humane Officer Barry Accorti and Police Chief Michael Freeman.

    These cruel practices cannot be tolerated. We’re not just animal advocates, we’re animal advocates and it’s clear that North Rdigeville needs new leadership and qualified, true humane animal care professionals.

    The outcry and distress from local citizens that North Ridgeville recieved last June and again today serve as a wake up call for how out of touch the local governemtn is with its residents.

    “The culture of cruelty in North Ridgeville needs to change,” says Teresa Landon, executive director of the Ohio SPCA. “The Ohio SPCA receives calls about cats and wildlife and are always able to find a humane resolution. North Ridgeville has no excuse.”

    We are working with local advocates and the Ohio SPCA and have requested a meeting with Mayor Gillock to develop a program in the city that is humane, effective and meets the needs of the community.

    TAKE ACTION! Join us in calling for the dismissal of Ohio Humane officer and his supervisor.
    Read the press release.
    View the streamed coverage of North Ridgeville Council Meeting where the raccoon shooting was addressed.

  4. Yonkers Update: Cats’ New Political Advocates

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    We had amazing support at the Yonkers, New York Town Hall meeting last Thursday evening. We hosted a forum to discuss the open cruelty investigation of 25 cats who were killed (many placed in plastic bags and hung from a tree) and to rally support for proactive programs for cats. It was truly inspiring how many political officials made protection of cats a priority and came to share their support.

    Detective Captain Robert Itzla of the Yonkers Police Department announced that the cruelty case has been assigned to the Major Case Squad and the Assistant District Attorney Mary Ann Liebowitz said the offender(s) would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law—which includes felony charges.

    This horrible cruelty case has shined a bright light on cat protection and the need for expanded services for cats and the community. To assist with the development and direction of these initiatives we took the lead on organizing the Cat Protection Council of Westchester. It’s a coalition made up of representatives from local animal organizations, individuals from the community, and an Alley Cat Allies representative to advocate for Westchester’s cats, and to serve as a resource for local officials.

    Westchester is one community, but this positive change in perception and understanding of cats and their needs is sweeping the nation. Together we are changing hearts and minds—and saving lives. Thanks for your support!

  5. Yonkers Update: Cats’ New Political Advocates

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    We had amazing support at the Yonkers, New York Town Hall meeting last Thursday evening. We hosted a forum to discuss the open cruelty investigation of 25 cats who were killed (many placed in plastic bags and hung from a tree) and to rally support for proactive programs for cats. It was truly inspiring how many political officials made protection of cats a priority and came to share their support.

    Detective Captain Robert Itzla of the Yonkers Police Department announced that the cruelty case has been assigned to the Major Case Squad and the Assistant District Attorney Mary Ann Liebowitz said the offender(s) would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law—which includes felony charges.

    This horrible cruelty case has shined a bright light on cat protection and the need for expanded services for cats and the community. To assist with the development and direction of these initiatives we took the lead on organizing the Cat Protection Council of Westchester. It’s a coalition made up of representatives from local animal organizations, individuals from the community, and an Alley Cat Allies representative to advocate for Westchester’s cats, and to serve as a resource for local officials.

    Westchester is one community, but this positive change in perception and understanding of cats and their needs is sweeping the nation. Together we are changing hearts and minds—and saving lives. Thanks for your support!

  6. Cat Advocates to Hold Memorial for Yonkers Cats

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    It’s hard to believe it’s been over two weeks since the Yonkers, New York Cats were found, at least 25 of them, some in bags hanging from a tree. It’s an image that will never be forgotten.

    As the investigation continues, a memorial is being held for the cats—providing an opportunity for advocates and community members to show their respects and mourn the cats. At the memorial this Saturday, May 10, Alley Cat Allies will provide white flowers to participants to hold and place at the site where the cats were found as a symbol of the cats’ innocence.

    You can participate in the memorial online by sharing this white flower to pay tribute to the Yonkers Cats:

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  7. Cat Advocates to Hold Memorial for Yonkers Cats

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    It’s hard to believe it’s been over two weeks since the Yonkers, New York Cats were found, at least 25 of them, some in bags hanging from a tree. It’s an image that will never be forgotten.

    As the investigation continues, a memorial is being held for the cats—providing an opportunity for advocates and community members to show their respects and mourn the cats. At the memorial this Saturday, May 10, Alley Cat Allies will provide white flowers to participants to hold and place at the site where the cats were found as a symbol of the cats’ innocence.

    You can participate in the memorial online by sharing this white flower to pay tribute to the Yonkers Cats:

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  8. Sign the Petition: Stand Against Animal Cruelty!

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    ShareGraphic_BIG_YonkersPetitionNo matter where cats live—indoors or outdoors—they are valued. Animal abuse cannot be tolerated.

    Stand with us against animal cruelty! Sign the petition demanding every instance of animal cruelty be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    Every life matters. That’s why we treat every case with the same seriousness:

    • In Yonkers, NY where at least 25 cats were killed and hung from a tree, we’ve offered an award for information that leads to an arrest.
    • In Lakeland, Florida we’ve offered a reward to help find the person or persons behind a series of vile mutilations.
    • In South Bend, Indiana, we’re fully engaged in a case where 21 cats and other animals were found dead and stacked in an alley.
    • And we’re pursuing justice for Larry, a two-year-old pet intentionally shot and killed in January by a Nebraska police officer who is still on duty after receiving only a written reprimand.

    If we don’t stand for these cats and kittens, no one will. Please join us in taking a stand. Not just for these cats, but for all cats.

    TAKE ACTION: Sign the petition!

  9. Alley Cat Allies Offers $750 Reward in Lakeland, FL Animal Cruelty Investigation

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    Alley Cat Allies is offering a cash reward of $750 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the confirmed killed of two cats, and a third whose death looks suspicious in Lakeland, FL. Two additional cats are reported missing. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477 or the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900.

    The first cat was discovered on March 5, 2014 and the most recent victim was found on April 23, 2014. A veterinarian has confirmed that the injuries of the first cat were consistent with a knife.

    These gruesome killings are cause for alarm for the community’s safety. Psychiatric and criminological research has established a relationship between cruelty to animals and a host of other violent behaviors towards people—animal cruelty must be taken seriously.

    Intentionally killing a cat—pet, stray or feral—is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We are hopeful that authorities will take this seriously, and we offer our full support throughout the investigation.

    Read the press release. [WARNING: Graphic Content]

  10. Cats Killed in Horrific Act of Cruelty in Yonkers, NY—Reward Offered

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    Alley Cat Allies is offering a cash reward of $750 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the deaths of at least 25 cats found in Yonkers, NY. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the SPCA of Westchester confidential hotline at 914-941-7797.

    The cats were found by public works employees who were cleaning a vacant lot. This gruesome incident is cause for alarm for the community’s safety. Psychiatric and criminological research has established a relationship between cruelty to animals and a host of other violent behaviors towards people—animal cruelty must be taken seriously.

    This is a disturbing and horrific case of animal cruelty, and we need to find whoever is responsible. Intentionally killing a cat—pet, stray or feral—is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We are hopeful that authorities will take this seriously, and we offer our full support throughout the investigation.

    Read the press release.
    Read the New York Times article. [WARNING: Graphic Content]