MSPCA-Angell Offers $2,000 Reward in Northbridge Animal Cruelty Investigation

May 2, 2013

BOSTON, May 2, 2013 – The MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department today announced a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an animal cruelty conviction in the case of a stray cat found critically wounded by a shotgun blast.  The amount is the largest initial reward the MSPCA has ever offered at the start of an animal cruelty investigation and it reflects the level of cruelty imposed on the cat, who suffered for up to two days with a mangled, infected and extremely painful hind leg.

The orange tabby cat, estimated to be no more than five years old, was found on April 18 on property belonging to James Knott Sr. of Northbridge, Mass.  Knott, an animal lover, rushed to the property to collect the cat and bring him to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton.  Veterinarians had to amputate the cat’s left hind leg as it was too damaged to be saved.  Moved by the cat’s plight, Knott opened up his home to the animal—who he has renamed “Tiger”—where the cat is now recovering.

 
 The cat, now named "Tiger," is recovering while the search to find out who shot him is just underway (credit: Telegram & Gazette Staff/Christine Peterson)

MSPCA-Angell Law Enforcement Officer Christine Allenberg is investigating.  “What happened to this cat is as senseless as it is cruel, and we will do everything possible to identify and prosecute whoever is responsible.  As our investigation is just beginning, and with few leads, I’m asking the public to please call us with any information they may have.”

 

The MSPCA’s Law Enforcement hotline is 800-628-5808.  Callers can remain anonymous if they wish and all leads will be investigated aggressively by the Law Enforcement team.

Animal cruelty is a felony crime in Massachusetts that carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

The MSPCA-Angell Law Enforcement team works with the organization’s adoption centers, hospital and advocacy experts to investigate animal abuse in Massachusetts.  In 2012 the department investigated over 2,000 animal cruelty complaints around the Commonwealth. 

Readers can click here if they would like to donate to the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement department as it investigates alleged animal cruelty cases. 

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The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions from individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org