$5,000 reward offered for information about cat killing

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 the killing of a cat found in south Seattle on Saturday.

The cat had been hung on a fence in the 4200 block of South Bateman Street. A necropsy confirmed that the cat had struggled before it died. Seattle Animal Shelter staff were able to locate and notify the cat’s owners.

Shelter investigators are canvassing the neighborhood and hope that witnesses or people with knowledge of the killing will come forward. Anyone with information about this crime of animal cruelty is asked to call Seattle Animal Shelter Manager of Field Services Ann Graves at 206-386-4288 and refer to case number 14-16660.

“Someone knows who did this,” Graves said. “We need the help of the community to find the person responsible for this disturbing and brutal act of violence.”

“This was not only a violation of our state’s animal cruelty statutes, but a heinous and cowardly deed,” said Dan Paul, Washington State Director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We offer our condolences to owners for the loss of their pet and hope that this reward brings forward anyone with information about this horrific act of cruelty.”

First degree animal cruelty is a Class C felony punishable by five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.