ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – July 18, 2017 – Alley Cat Allies is offering a total reward of $5,000 to the person or persons who provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for killing three resident cats who live under the boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J.
On March 22, 2017, at Vermont Avenue and the boardwalk, three cats were found killed. The Atlantic City Police Department has posted surveillance photos on its Facebook page of three men who police are looking to identify in connection with the investigation. Alley Cat Allies urges anyone with information to please contact the Atlantic City Police either by calling (609) 347-5766 or by texting anonymously to tip411 (847-411). Begin your text with ACPD.
Becky Robinson, the president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, cited the well-established connection between animal cruelty and human violence in asking for the community’s help in solving this crime. The three community cats who were killed were members of the Alley Cat Allies Atlantic City Boardwalk Cats Project.
“Animal cruelty must be taken seriously, and the guilty parties should be punished to the full extent of the law,” she said.
Intentionally killing a cat—pet, stray or feral—is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Robinson also praised Atlantic City Police Chief Henry White for his vigorous investigation of this case.
“Chief White has made this investigation a very high priority. We applaud his leadership and thank the community for its support,” she said. “Atlantic City is a model for the rest of the nation in showing how cats and people coexist. No matter where cats live they are loved and valued.”
Alley Cat Allies initiated the Boardwalk Cats Project in 2000. The project is part of a city-endorsed Trap-Neuter-Return program, ensuring that every colony of cats (or families of cats) at the boardwalk has been spayed or neutered, and returned to their outdoor home. The cats are a famous and beloved part of the Atlantic City boardwalk.
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the global engine of change for cats. We protect and improve cats’ lives through our innovative, cutting-edge programs. We are seen around the world as a champion for the humane treatment of all cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 650,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens worldwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org, and Alley Cat Allies is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube.