PETA Raises Reward To Nab Cat Killer

For Immediate Release:
10 October 2008

Sam Glover 020 7357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Clevedon, Somerset – According to news reports, two more cats – Sherlock and Watson, from Hayward Close in Clevedon – have been poisoned with antifreeze in the last two weeks. Whilst Sherlock died from the poisoning, Watson spent four days at the vet’s and is now recovering at home. These poisonings follow the nine poisonings recently reported in Weston-super-Mare and the 19 which occurred in Bridgwater between April and August. The cats are believed to have suffered vomiting, fits and kidney failure. PETA is now offering up to £1,500 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these barbaric crimes.

PETA is also urging residents to keep a watchful eye on their animal companions and to keep all cats indoors. Because animals cannot report their own abuse and can do little to fight back, they are the perfect “practice” victims for those who tend towards violence.

Clevedon residents have good reason to be concerned. Research in psychology and criminology suggests that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often go on to commit violent acts against their fellow humans. As long as the perpetrator of this crime is at large, other animals in the area – and human residents – might also be in danger.

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

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

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