£1,000 Reward Offered to Help Find Person Who Shot Cat Near Portishead Quay Marina

For Immediate Release:

10 July 2015

Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 235; [email protected]


Group Warns That Animal Abusers Are a Serious Threat to Whole Community and Likely to Escalate Behaviour Unless Stopped

Portishead, Somerset – PETA is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting Oscar the cat with an air rifle. The incident is believed to have occurred on the morning of 24 June, when Oscar was found injured near his home on Burlington Road. A veterinarian euthanised the cat after an examination revealed that the air riffle pellet had severed his spinal cord.

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“It is imperative that any community faced with a sadistic and violent act such as this take measures to find the culprit or culprits and bring them to justice”, says PETA spokesperson Elisa Allen. “Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whoever is available to them, human or non-human, and must be caught before they act again.”

History shows that past incidents involving cruelty to animals regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers. Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (the Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Raoul Moat all started out by deliberately harming animals.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the police on 101 quoting reference number 67363/15.

For more information about helping animals, please visit PETA.org.uk.