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Alley Cat Allies Offers $7,500 Reward in Austin County, Texas Animal Cruelty Investigation

Alley Cat Allies is offering a $7,500 reward for evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing a cat in Austin County, Texas. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Austin County Sheriff Office at (979)-865-3111.

A photo posted on Facebook depicted the alleged perpetrator holding a dead cat by an arrow through the cat’s head. “Animal cruelty must be taken seriously, and the guilty parties should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies.

Intentionally killing a cat—pet, stray or feral—is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This gruesome incident is cause for alarm for the community’s safety. Psychiatric and criminological research has established a clear link between cruelty to animals and a host of other violent behaviors toward people.

Read the press release.
Read the news article from KBTX.

A note of clarification: A photo on Facebook, even with accompanying text that appears to be a confession, is not enough to prosecute and convict a person of a crime. We are offering this reward in the hopes that an eyewitness or someone with firsthand information about the case will step forward and assist the police in their investigation. Sadly, a tiny fraction of animal cruelty cases are brought to court and even fewer result in convictions. Let’s make this case different.