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Reward offered in Richland County, Ohio, after cat’s horrific firework injury

Media Contact: Alison Shapiro: ashapiro@humanesociety.org; 301-721-6472     

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting off a firecracker in a cat’s rectum. The Humane Society of Richland County has also offered a reward, and the reward pool is growing.

The Case: The Humane Society of Richland County, Ohio, gave the following account: “Katy P was surrendered to our shelter after she was found outside of Pine Bridge Apartments, located at 135 E Cook Rd, Mansfield, Ohio. They believed that someone had inserted a firecracker in her rectum and lit it. Dr. Andrew Scherrer at Phillips Animal Hospital said her injuries were consistent with that account. She is currently hospitalized while we see if she will recover.” 

 “The idea that someone would intentionally torture an innocent cat is horrific and disturbing on many levels,” said Corey Roscoe, Ohio state director of the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope the growing pool of reward money helps lead to the identification of the person or persons who committed this appalling crime.”

Animal Cruelty:  Securing the serious attention and engagement of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the whole community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and many other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

The Investigators:  The Humane Society of Richland County is investigating this case. Anyone with relevant information is asked to call 419-774-4795.

Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources and support to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The Humane Society of the United States offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

We doubled our standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.   

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