HOWELL, N.J. – May 15, 2019 – 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 injuring a cat with a crossbow arrow in Howell, New Jersey.

“There are well-known links between animal cruelty and human violence, so this is a crime that must be taken seriously,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies.

Officers found the injured cat on the evening of Monday, May 6, in the 600 block of Casino Drive. The cat had been shot with an arrow and was taken to Red Bank Veterinary Hospital for surgery to remove the arrow. Investigators believe the cat is a community cat – an unowned cat who lives outdoors.

“We take animal cruelty cases very seriously in Monmouth County,” Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said. “This investigation is a priority for us, and we are committed to securing justice in this case. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, along with Howell Police Department, 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,” Robinson said. “Cruelty to animals is unacceptable.”

All 50 states, including New Jersey, have enacted laws criminalizing acts of cruelty toward animals.

Robinson urged anyone with information for the cruelty investigation to contact any of the following:

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Animal Cruelty Hotline: (877) 898-7297

Monmouth County SPCA: (732) 542-0040

Howell Township Police: (732) 938-4111

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About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the global engine of change for cats. We protect and improve the lives of cats 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 a half-million 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 and YouTube.

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