PETA Offers Gbp 1,000 To Help Find Thugs Who Strangled Cat In Gruesome Act Of Cruelty

For Immediate Release:
23 December 2010

Sandra Smiley 0207 359 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Coventry, West Midlands – PETA is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who strangled a cat in a horrifying act of cruelty in Coventry, West Midlands, earlier this month. The body of a male tabby cat was found on Trossachs Road by a member of the public on 9 December. A cord had been wound so tightly around the cat’s neck that it had become embedded in his skin, leading veterinarians to believe that a human must be responsible for the gruesome death.

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 Mimi Bekhechi. “They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them.”

The public has good reason to be concerned about animal abuse in the 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.

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 PETA on 0207 357 9229.