One parish in Louisiana saw two awful incidents occur in November. The good news is that non-profit cat advocacy organization Alley Cat Allies and local law enforcement are serious about doing something about it.
On November 7, a 76-year old man walked into his front yard in Clinton, La., to find that his four-month kitten had been hung. Alley Cat Allies president and co-founder Becky Robinson says that finding his lynched kitten so distraught the elderly owner that he was rushed to the hospital, and remained there about a week before being released. The good news is that non-profit cat advocacy organization Alley Cat Allies and local law enforcement are serious about doing something about it.
The cat’s owner is African American, and his kitty happened to be black. Could this have been a hate crime? No one really knows, at least not yet.
Only a few days later in nearly Ethel, La., local cat caretakers attending to a colony found their cats had been attacked, many were shot with a .22 caliber rifle. Reports vary, but at least four cats were found dead, while another cat was found dying in a ditch not far away. These cats were friendly. Some of the cats seemed to vanish all together.
There will be a community meeting in the East Feliciana Parish, which is kind of amazing. Often these crimes occur, and they get press coverage – or not – but either way are soon forgotten. This community really cares, and understands their own safety is at risk until the criminals are found. That meeting will be December 13, 7 p.m. at the Jackson Civic Center, 2084 Highway 10, in Jackson, La.
Alley Cat Allies is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest in either case. “Both of these events are horrible cases of cruelty,” says Robinson. “It’s important that local authorities are interested in bringing the people guilty for these crimes to justice. And we want to support that interest. The reality is that many times local authorities say they don’t have the resources, or just aren’t interested.”
She continues, “It’s not only the horrific crime of what was done to these cats – it’s about protecting the community. Anyone who can commit these horrible violent acts to cats might be a real threat to other animals or people in the community.”
Robinson is referring to the link that has proven a relationship between violent crimes to animals and violence toward people. “So, catching whoever was guilty of killing these cats might save a human life,” she adds.
The Humane Society of the United States is also offering a $2,500 reward.