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).

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