Reward of Up to £3,000 Offered as Fourth Cat Found Dead in Pudsey

Pudsey, West Yorkshire – PETA is offering a reward of up to £3,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved in the deaths of four cats found in Black Carr Woods in Pudsey. The most recent victim was a female tortoiseshell kitten, who was found by a dog walker on a path near the Ned Lane entrance on 30 January. She had been left in a white sandbag and had wounds on both sides of her neck and signs of trauma in her mouth. This is the fourth reported incident in which a cat was found dead in suspicious circumstances in the area.

“It’s imperative that any community faced with cruel and callous acts such as these take measures to find the culprit and bring them to justice,” says PETA Vice President Elisa Allen. “Animal abusers are a danger to everyone: they take their issues out on whomever is available to them – humans or other animals – 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; murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (the Dunblane massacre), and Raoul Moat; and serial killers Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, and Ian Brady all started out by deliberately harming animals.

The RSPCA is urging anyone with firsthand information about the incident to call its appeals line on 0300 123 8018 and quote incident number 01216628.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information about helping animals, please visit or follow the group on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), TikTok, or Instagram.


Lucy Watson +44 (0) 20 7837 6327; [email protected]