Reward of Up to £4,000 Offered to Catch Thug(s) Responsible for Spondon Cat Shooting

Spondon, Derbyshire – PETA is offering a reward of up to £4,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for shooting three cats with an air rifle in Spondon, Derbyshire. Police received reports that the cats had been shot in the Hillside Road area over the weekend. All three victims required treatment, including 9-year-old Ralph, who underwent emergency surgery to have a pellet removed from his abdomen, and 4-year-old Winnie, who has been left paralysed due to life-threatening spinal injuries.

“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.

Derbyshire Police confirmed that no arrests have yet been made and added that anyone who is able to provide more information should contact them on 101 and cite reference 24*027673.

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]