PETA offering $5,000 reward in Lakeland cat mutilation case - WFLA News Channel 8

PETA offering $5,000 reward in Lakeland cat mutilation case

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A cat was found mutilated in the yard of a Lakeland home last week. A cat was found mutilated in the yard of a Lakeland home last week.
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A second animal welfare group is offering a reward in the case of multiple cats that were found mutilated and killed in Lakeland. The total reward now offered is $5,750.

Lakeland Police Department is investigating the mutilation of three cats. Two dead cats were found severed, a third was discovered with a hole cut into it.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the crimes.

"As Lakeland police have noted, people who torture and kill animals often go on to torture and kill humans—so PETA urges anyone with any information to come forward now, before anyone else gets hurt," said PETA Director Martin Mersereau.

"Families must also take care to keep their cats indoors—and if you see a cat roaming freely, do everything you can to get him or her to safety. You may be saving a life," added Mersereau.

PETA is the second animal welfare group to offer a reward. On Monday, Alley Cat Allies, of Bethesda, MD, announced that it was offering a $750 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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