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Humane Society Offers $2,500 Reward in Drowned Kitten Case

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 - 7:15 PM
Humane Society offers $2,500 award in drowned kitten case
Posted: 09/14/2010 11:24:01 PM EDT
Bennington Banner

Tuesday September 14, 2010

BENNINGTON -- The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who recently drowned three kittens.

On Sept. 6, police found a blanket at the Morgan Street Cemetery containing the dead kittens, as well as two live kittens and one older cat. Bennington Police Sgt. Lloyd Dean said there was "no doubt" the kittens were drowned.

The dead kittens were removed by the town’s animal control officer, and the live kittens were taken by an employee of the Second Chance Animal Shelter.

Joanne Bourbeau, the Humane Society’s Vermont state director, said there is a strong connection between animal cruelty and human violence.

"Whoever is responsible for hurting these kittens can be capable of hurting humans, too," Bourbeau said. "We hope our reward helps find the person or persons responsible and bring justice in this case."

The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the county and works to strengthen animal cruelty laws, Bourbeau said.

Police are hoping someone will recognize the blanket or have other information that could help the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bennington Police Department at 442-1030.

--Neal P. Goswami

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