Archive for Monday, October 13, 2008

$2,500 reward offered in cat mutilations case

A $2,500 reward is being offered for information on a series of recent cat mutilations in Lawrence.

October 13, 2008


A cash reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for recent cat mutilations in Lawrence, the Humane Society of the United States announced Monday morning.

On Sept. 29, Mark McCanon said he found his 13-year-old Manx cat laid out, cut open with a knife and gutted; its hind legs and tail were nearby. He said three of his neighbors, in the 3200 block of West Ninth Street, also found their cats mutilated in their yards on different occasions.

Lawrence Police said there were several reports of possible animal cruelty in the area during the last part of September.

A cat's severed head was also found in nearby Centennial Park, according to Midge Grinstead, Lawrence Humane Society executive director, who is participating in the police department's investigation.

Grinstead and McCanon said another animal could not have been responsible for the cat mutilations, because there was no blood nearby, no teeth tears and no puncture wounds.

The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization, in conjunction with the Lawrence Humane Society, is offering a $2,500 reward to anyone with information leading to the conviction of those responsible for any of the cat killings, a Humane Society news release said.

Crimestoppers also offers a reward of up to $1,000 for tips leading to felony arrests, said Pepper Ballard, a national Humane Society spokeswoman. Anyone with information regarding animal cruelty can contact Lawrence police at 832-7509.

At least 18 animal cruelty cases have been reported in Douglas County this year, compared with three or four cases in a typical year, Grinstead said.


mr_economy 9 years, 4 months ago

I only wish they could do the same thing to this worthless person that he/she has done to these defenseless animals.

hujiko 9 years, 4 months ago

I wish the reward were larger to attract more potential informants but no one seems to donate to the Humane Society anymore.

wysiwyg69 9 years, 4 months ago

I thought it might have meant, " thank you for coming to 7- eleven! "

Jim Phillips 9 years, 4 months ago

"If only the same penalty for committing murder would hold true in all murderous crimes against animals, ..."I would hope the punishment is more severe than that.

the_chamber_grandjury 9 years, 4 months ago

yeah well as far as individuals such as yourselves then the punishment should be more severe because you prize winning humanoids are definitely below the felines on the evolution scale......allah akbar

jrm83 9 years, 4 months ago

I hope they catch the person responsible, for the good of people in the community as well as the animals.Incidentally, "Allah akbar" just translates to "God is great" in Arabic. Nothing offensive or insulting, unlike claiming it means "would you like fries with that?" or the other two insulting comments above.

ExoThermic 9 years, 4 months ago kinds of similar style cat and rabbit mutilation. Note National Geographic article dismissing Satanic-worshipper inspired explanation. To be sure this serial, globally-occurring, domestic pet mutilation is one of the bigger mysteries making the rounds. The chupacabra comment is not too far off the mark. Notice always very similar forensic hallmarks - or lack thereof. Always surgically precise cuts and always drained of blood. Little or no blood at the scene - this we see time and again. Copy that link - spread the word. Do your pet a favour.

1petadvocate 9 years, 4 months ago

Absolutely, Paul; creep or creeps. If only the same penalty for committing murder would hold true in all murderous crimes against animals, it might feel as though justice had been served!

Deja Coffin 9 years, 4 months ago

If this person is caught, I wonder if they'll have a tougher punishment then the people who have only received 14 days or 5 years for murder. Don't expect a big punishment in Lawrence. They'd rather win cases then get true justice.

jrm83 9 years, 4 months ago

wysiwyg69, perpetuating that sort of stereotype is flat-out racism. I don't see why it's being tolerated.

gr 9 years, 4 months ago

"of possible animal cruelty" If someone is accused of something, it must be true even before the court determines. Let the mob call out death, let the followers follow without thinking. Once a certain type of people becomes the "enemy" all reason leaves and the mob rules the day. Who will next be accused of what?Kind of reminds of what Brent on the evolution thread put his finger on:"Same or similar kind of actions taken by every ideological totalitarian government that has ever and that now currently exists."

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