Numerous cats have violently lost their lives in the Thurston area of Springfield, Oregon: Some have been shot, one was cut into pieces, and some appear to have been beaten and tortured.
But you can help put this terrible cruelty to a stop – and help protect beloved family pets.
Multiple witnesses have come forward with information about this cat killer – and if you know anything, you need to come forward, as well.
According to several eyewitnesses who contacted Seattle Pets Examiner, the cat deaths have primarily occurred in the Thurston area of Springfield, Oregon, between 40th and 50th Street.
The alleged cat killer is described as a young adult aged 18-21 with red hair and fair skin. He has a medium build and he has been seen wearing a Raiders hat. This person has been seen departing deceased cats while riding a bike – and more than one witness has seen this person in the act of injuring animals.
One witness saw this person trespassing in the witness’ yard. The witness was terrified by the person’s brutality, as this person was repeatedly and savagely kicking a cat. Shortly afterward, the witness found a cat nearby who had been shot in the head.
The citizens of Springfield are afraid for the safety of themselves and their animals – and rightfully so: There is an established connection between cruelty against nonhuman animals and cruelty against humans.
A 2001-2004 study by the Chicago Police Department revealed a “startling propensity for offenders charged with crimes against animals to commit other violent offenses toward human victims.” Of those who were arrested for animal crimes, 65% had also been arrested for battery against another person (Degenhardt, 2005).
In one study, 46% of multiple murderers admitted to committing acts of animal torture when they were adolescents (Cohen, 1996).
According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), animal cruelty in adolescents should not be taken lightly. Adolescents who abuse animals should receive immediate professional psychological intervention for both their own welfare and for that of the community.
These acts of cruelty need to be taken very seriously – for the animals and for the people of Springfield.
According to Oregon State Law 167.320 animal abuse in the first degree, a person has committed the crime of animal abuse in the first degree if the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes serious physical injury to an animal or cruelly causes the death of an animal.
Seattle Pets Examiner called the Springfield PD this morning. Animal control indicated that the police have not received any reports about dead or injured cats – at least not yet. The witnesses indicated to Seattle Pets Examiner that they have not come forward to the authorities because they are afraid of being identified – and they’re afraid of the person who has been injuring animals in this area.
Springfield Animal Control stated today that all tips received will remain 100% anonymous. Animal control said that this anonymity only goes away if and when a case goes to trial.
Have you witnessed someone injuring or killing a cat in the Thurston area of Springfield?
If so, please contact the Springfield Police Department immediately – before this person cruelly kills another animal – or harms a person.
The phone number for the Springfield Animal Control department is: (541) 726 3634.
Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.
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