PETA Offers Gbp 1,000 To Help Find Thugs Who Shot And Hanged Family’S Cat In ‘Most Shocking’ Act Of Cruelty

For Immediate Release:
10 November 2010

Sandra Smiley 0207 357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Wakefield, West Yorkshire – PETA is offering a reward of £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who held down a cat, shot her three times in the face and then hanged her in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The cat, named Jessie, survived the ordeal but has emerged partially blind and deaf with wounds to her face, lacerations on her neck and burns on her tongue. The veterinarian who treated Jessie reportedly said that it was “without a doubt” the most shocking case of cruelty to animals he had ever seen.

Would you please share this information with your audience? It may be the only way to apprehend those responsible for this heinous act.

“Animal abusers are cowards”, says PETA spokesperson Suzanne Barnard. “They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them.”

Citizens of the UK have good reason to be concerned about animal abuse in their area. According to law-enforcement agencies and leading mental-health professionals, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to all animals – including humans. The cat’s guardian, Dawn Morvan, reportedly stated, “It makes you wonder: if this is what they could do to [an] animal, what could they [do] to another person that crossed them? They are twisted”.

History shows that serial rapists and murderers often have a history of cruelty to animals. Violent criminal Steven Barker, child-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 West Yorkshire police on 0845 606 0606.