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Reward Offered in St. Johnsbury, VT Cat Cruelty Case

Posted on Jul 8, 2008 - 4:00 PM
Reward Offered In St. Johnsbury, Vt. Cat Cruelty Case

(July 8, 2008)—The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for placing a cat in a tied trash bag and leaving her to die in a dumpster in St. Johnsbury, Vt.

The Case: Kingdom Animal Shelter officials give the following account: On June 30, a young woman found the cat writhing in the bag after she pulled into the parking lot of White Market on Portland Street. The woman had pulled over to clean up her car and noticed the moving bag in the dumpster as she threw her trash in the bin. The 10-year-old cat was taken to East Haven Veterinary Service, where she received treatment and a name: Luna.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

“Those who abuse animals can be dangerous to people,” said Joanne Bourbeau, The HSUS’ New England regional office director. “Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world. To carelessly throw an animal away like the morning’s trash is a despicable act that should not go unpunished.”

The Investigators: The St. Johnsbury Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information is urged to call Chief Richard Leighton at 802-748-2314.


Media Contact: Pepper Ballard, 301-258-1417,

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