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Cats found dead in Indiana alley

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Animal control and police officers in South Bend, Ind., are investigating the death of 21 animals, mostly cats, found piled in an alley last month.

South Bend police tweeted April 8 that an examination of the victims determined that many had been shot with a projectile, such as a BB or pellet. Besides adult cats and kittens, the dead animals found at 700 E. Indiana Ave. included squirrels, rabbits and an opossum. According to local news reports, the cats were both pets and unowned felines.

Alley Cat Allies, a national cat advocacy group based in Maryland, said April 9 that it is offering a $1,500 cash reward, double what it announced earlier, for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible. Police reportedly have identified a “person of interest” but have made no arrests.

Anyone with information about the dead animals is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (574) 288-STOP.

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