PETA Offers Gbp 1,000 Reward To Help Nab Cat Killer

For Immediate Release:
9 November 2009

Sam Glover 020 7357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Ayrshire, Scotland – According to news reports, a cat found on 29 October at Dalduff Farm Shop in Crosshill (near Maybole) has died as a result of severe burns and injuries. Authorities believe that the injuries were caused by fireworks that were strapped to the animal’s back and set alight. The female tabby cat was so badly injured that she had to be euthanised.

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 this horrific crime.

PETA is also urging residents to keep a watchful eye on their animals and to keep cats indoors. Because animals cannot report incidents of abuse against them and can do little to fight back, they are the perfect “practice” victims for those who enjoy bullying and violence.

Ayrshire residents have good reason to be concerned. History shows that past incidents involving cruelty to animals regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers. Child-killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Denis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Jeffrey Dahmer all started out by deliberately harming animals.

“Animal abusers are cowards”, says PETA spokesperson Suzanne Barnard. “They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them, so people must be vigilant in order to stop them.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999.

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