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Tiger, pictured here sleeping in his house, was one of the cats killed.

In a shocking, heartbreaking case of animal cruelty, 21 dead animals were discovered stacked in an alley in South Bend, Ind. last weekend. The animals—including cats, squirrels, rabbits, and an opossum—were found after the snow thawed. A pet cat named Tiger, pictured here sleeping in his house, had been missing for months and his owner discovered him in the pile.

We’re determined to help find who did this—and ensure that they are punished to the fullest extent of the law. We’re offering a $750 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people who killed these animals.

If you live in the South Bend, Ind. area and have information about this case, or saw anyone trapping animals in the area, please call Crime Stoppers at (574)288-STOP. And please share this story with others in the area.

A big THANK YOU to South Bend animal control and police officers who are treating this case with grave concern and taking swift action to investigate. We’re working closely with Michiana Feral Cat Initiative and supporting the authorities and community throughout this investigation.

We will keep you updated!

Read the press release.

UPDATE: We have doubled the cash reward for information leading to an arrest in this investigation to a total of $1,500, thanks to a generous donor. Numerous tips have been received by police, all directing to the same person of interest. Police are requesting any eyewitnesses come forward and make a sworn statement. Read the press release.