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Press Release

$5,000 Reward for Information after Portland Cats Stabbed

$5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for stabbing two cats.

Contact: Natalia Lima, nlima@aldf.org, 201 679 7088

Portland, OR – The national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for stabbing two cats on or about June 25, 2015 in North East Portland. The two wounded cats, Grand Theft Auto and Alibi, were found near the intersections of NE 6th Ave & Holman St. (in the Woodlawn neighborhood) by their owner Sarah Shapiro, who was returning home from a trip.

Under Oregon law, aggravated animal abuse is class C felony that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $125,000 fine.

Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Criminal Justice Program Director, Scott Heiser, said, “We need the community to speak up here.  As is common in child and elder abuse cases, these victim cats cannot speak for themselves let alone identify those who harmed them.” Heiser added, “Whoever did this poses a very real threat to the community as the research is unambiguous—those who intentionally harm animals are five times more likely to harm humans.”

If you have any information related to this incident, please contact Randall Brown, Chief Field Supervisor, Multnomah County Animal Services at randall.brown@multco.us or 503-988-9079.

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