BETHESDA, MDAlley Cat Allies is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for abandoning four adult cats and 11 kittens in North Bethesda, MD. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alley Cat Allies Hotline at 240-482-1997.

An active duty serviceman jogging on a trail off Beach Drive came upon 15 cats and kittens who were caged, with food and toys but no water, early Wednesday morning. Several of the tiny kittens, not yet weaned, needed emergency care.

Intentionally abandoning a domestic animal is against the law in Maryland.

“Animal abandonment must be taken seriously. We ask the public to help us with any information about these cats and how they were left by the side of the road in North Bethesda,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Thanks to this Good Samaritan, these 15 cats now have the opportunity to live out happy and healthy lives. This could have ended very differently if he hadn’t taken action to save the cats.”

Alley Cat Allies is working with the Animal Services Division of the Montgomery County, MD, Police Department, where the case is under review for appropriate cruelty charges in the future.

All of the 15 cats and kittens are now in loving foster homes while they recover and will be placed for adoption through Alley Cat Allies shortly.

About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., 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 half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Its website is, and Alley Cat Allies is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and YouTube.

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