Reward of Up to £1,500 Offered to Help Find Cat Shooter in Maghull

For Immediate Release:

2 August 2018


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


PETA Warns That Animal Abusers Are a Serious Threat to the Whole Community and Likely to Escalate Behaviour Unless Stopped

Merseyside – PETA is offering a reward of up to £1,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for shooting and injuring cats in Maghull. According to reports, up to 13 cats have been attacked in the Patterdale Crescent area since 2016, and four of those incidents involved airgun shootings.

Merseyside police have confirmed that they’re aware of two incidents that occurred over the past couple of years – those involving Polly, a beloved 9-year-old cat who was shot in the neck with an air rifle, and a cat who sustained a pellet-gun injury on 20 July. PETA hopes its reward offer will help apprehend the perpetrator(s).

“It’s imperative that any community faced with cruel and callous acts such as these take measures to find the culprit and bring him or her to justice,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whomever is available to them, human or non-human – and must be caught before they act again.”

History shows that past incidents involving cruelty to animals regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers. Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson, and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (the Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady, and Raoul Moat all started out by deliberately harming animals.

Anyone with information about Polly or the cat shot with a pellet gun last month is encouraged to contact Merseyside Police, quoting the reference “1016 of 20 July 2018”, via its social media desk on either Twitter () or Facebook ( You can also call 101.

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