Kittens Dumped And Left To Die Prompt PETA Offer Of £1,000 To Help Nab Those Responsible

For Immediate Release:
27 July 2011
Sandra Smiley +44 (0)207 357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Elgin, Moray – PETA is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who dumped three kittens and left them to die on the roof of a derelict building in Elgin. According to news reports, two passersby were walking near the building in Elgin Cemetery on Sunday, 17 July, when they heard a kitten crying. Upon investigating, they found a black rucksack on the building’s roof which was zipped shut and had three female tortoiseshell kittens – believed to be about 4 or 5 weeks old – inside. By the time they were discovered, two of the kittens had died.

Would you please share this information with your audience in order to help apprehend the person or persons responsible for this callous act?

“Someone in Elgin must have seen something. We’re calling on anyone with information about this callous act to come forward”, says PETA spokesperson Sandra Smiley. “A person capable of deliberately causing such protracted and needless suffering to helpless animals demonstrates a very worrying psychological state and must 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 threat to all animals – including humans.

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 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, reportedly had a history of abusing animals.

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

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*The Scottish SPCA is not connected with the award or the administration of the award.