Animal cruelty and abuse to animals is illegal and a felony in the United States. Cruelty to animals is the intentional infliction of suffering or harm to animals including but not limited to neglect, physical, mental and emotional abuse. Recently in Martinsville, Indiana, up to thirty cats have been killed, tormented and tortured within the past few months and Alley Cat Allies, a very reputable animal rescue organization most known as the first organization to introduce and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, is offering a generous cash reward of $5000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved in this heinous crime. Many of the precious cats in this case were either killed or mysteriously disappeared from their usual dwelling place outside. Becky Robinson, the founder and president of Alley Cat Allies stated, "Intentionally killing a cat-pet, stray or feral-is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We are hopeful that authorities will take this seriously, and we offer our full support throughout the investigation."
According to the Morgan County Humane Society, most of the cats that were killed or disappeared were outdoor and strays which makes one believe the person(s) responsible for act of cruelty is someone who does not value animals. The cats that were found dead were found in the neighborhood near Home Avenue and South Street. Stray, feral and outside cats are just as important as a treasured pet and should not be treated any differently. If you have any information about this extreme act of cruelty please immediately call crime stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).
There is absolutely no justification or excuse for animal abuse and if you suspect an animal is being abused please do not be afraid to report it to the local police, Alley Cat Allies, your local animal shelters, or the Humane Society of the United States. If you know an animal is being abused please do not hesitate to call the local police in your area immediately because no animal deserves to be treated cruelly. If you suspect an animal is being abused there are several other ways to report the abuse confidentially and anonymously. The Anti-Cruelty Society can be contacted at (312) 644-8338 ext. 304 and you can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Illinois Humane, a caring organization that encourages the humane treatment of animals. Illinois Humane can be reached at (217)-698-3804.