PETA Offers Gbp 1,000 To Help Nab Yob Who Shot Kitten With An Air Gun

For Immediate Release:
2 June 2011

Sandra Smiley +44 (0)207 357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Ringwood, Hampshire – PETA is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot a cat in the eye with an air gun. Rosebud, a 9-month-old tabby, was shot at close range on an evening in early May. She was discovered, traumatised and shaking, by her guardians the next day and had to undergo surgery because her right eye was so damaged from the assault that it had to be removed. It is believed that the attack was deliberate.

PETA is especially concerned by the number of recent incidents of abuse to animals in the area. In late 2010, a 1-year-old cat was left with severe injuries after being shot in the abdomen in Ferndown, and last January, the mutilated corpse of a pony was recovered from a ditch in Greywell.

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“Anyone capable of deliberately inflicting pain and suffering on a defenceless animal demonstrates a worrying psychological state”, says PETA spokesperson Sandra Smiley. “Animals are often practice victims for people with violent tendencies, so it’s important for the safety of the whole community, both human and non-human animals, that this person be found.”

According to law-enforcement agencies and leading mental-health professionals, perpetrators of violent and callous acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to all animals – including humans. Serial rapists and murderers often have a history of cruelty to animals. Violent criminal Steven Barker; young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables and serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (Dunblane massacre), Fred West and Ian Brady all started on their violent paths by deliberately harming animals. Raoul Moat, the gunman responsible for shooting his ex-girlfriend and killing her new partner and later himself, also reportedly had a history of abusing animals.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999. The RSPCA is in no way connected with the award or the administration of the award.