LORAIN AND HURON COUNTIES, OHIO: Alley Cat Allies is offering a reward of $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting and maiming a cat with a shotgun. The cat, George, was found injured in Henrietta Township. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Friendship Animal Protective League (APL) humane investigations hotline at (440) 322-4321 x 225.

“Alley Cat Allies is seeking justice for George, the cat victim of the shooting, and acting to protect more cats in the area from unimaginable cruelty,” said Coryn Julien, communications director for Alley Cat Allies. “The well-known link between animal cruelty and violence toward people also factors into the gravity of this crime, which must be taken very seriously and penalized to the fullest extent of the law.”

George, a ~3-year-old community cat, or unowned cat who lives outdoors, walked up to his caregiver on the morning of April 13 with his rear left leg dangling behind him. A veterinary examination revealed a buckshot in the shattered leg, demonstrating that George had been maimed by a shotgun. The damage is so severe that George’s injured leg will have to be surgically amputated.

Alley Cat Allies is covering the costs of George’s surgery and ongoing care.

“For George’s sake and that of the entire community, we are working with Alley Cat Allies to investigate and prosecute the perpetrator of this heinous act,” said Greg Willey, executive director at Friendship APL. “We are urging anyone with information regarding this case to come forward to assist the ongoing investigation.”

Every animal deserves to be protected and safe from animal cruelty. All 50 states, including Ohio and the District of Columbia, have enacted laws criminalizing acts of cruelty toward animals.

Again, anyone with information for the cruelty investigation is urged to contact:

The Friendship Animal Protective League (APL) humane investigations hotline: (440) 322-4321 x 225.


About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies believes every cat deserves to live out his or her life to the fullest.

Founded in 1990, Alley Cat Allies is the leading advocacy organization for cats with a mission to transform and develop communities to protect and improve the lives of all cats and kittens. Together with our over 1 million supporters, we work toward a world where cats are valued and every community has humane and effective programs and policies to defend them.

Through our fearless advocacy, humane care, education and outreach, and law and policy activism, we empower and mobilize citizens, advocates, grassroots groups, shelters, veterinary professionals, and elected officials across the United States and around the world to improve their communities for cats through nonlethal, evidence-based approaches. Our website is www.alleycat.org, and we are active on FacebookX (Twitter)InstagramLinkedIn and YouTube.