PETA Offers Gbp 1,000 To Help Nab Abuser Who Hanged A Cat In ‘Horrific’ Act Of Cruelty

For Immediate Release:
19 April 2011

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

Warwick, Warwickshire – PETA is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who hanged a cat with a shoelace at a new housing development in Kempton Drive. According to news reports, the body of a 2-year-old cat named Sharpay was found hanging from a fence with a long, white shoelace wound around her neck in mid-March. The shoelace was double-knotted so tightly that the RSPCA officer dealing with the case had difficulty removing it. It is believed that Sharpay was alive when she was hanged and that the person responsible intended to kill her in this act of cruelty which an animal welfare officer described as “horrific”.

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

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.

Would you please share this information with your audience in order to help apprehend those responsible for this heinous act?

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. For more information, please visit