Hu­mane So­ci­ety of­fers $5K re­ward in case of burned cat

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­ci­wl­hig.com

— Call­ing it an “egre­gious act,” the Mary­land arm of the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of the United States is of­fer­ing a $5,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of the per­son who killed a cat last week.

When Elkton po­lice ar­rived to the call of a fire around 7:30 p.m. last

ELKTON

Wed­nes­day evening, they dis­cov­ered the burned re­mains of an adult cat at the in­ter­sec­tion of Mal­lard Court and Pheas­ant Drive near Land­ing Lane.

Emily Hover­male, state direc­tor of the na­tional an­i­mal wel­fare or­ga­ni­za­tion, said the crime shocked her.

“It was pretty hor­ri­fy­ing. The cat was tor­tured and then burned to death,” Hover­male said Mon­day. “Ob­vi­ously we have a lot of in­ter- est in lo­cat­ing the per­son who did this.”

Ac­cord­ing to Hover­male, Ce­cil County An­i­mal Ser­vices con­tacted HSUS last week specif­i­cally ask­ing for fi­nan­cial mus­cle in the case.

Hover­male said HSUS typ­i­cally of­fers a $2,500 re­ward in cru­elty cases.

“We were able to dou­ble it be­cause of the egre­gious­ness. A donor was will­ing to put forth the ex­tra money,” she said. “This was very dis- turb­ing and we agreed this per­son needs to be caught.”

Howard Ewing, the deputy fire mar­shal in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case for the Of­fice of the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal, said Mon­day he was still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, in­clud­ing all tips re­ceived so far. A necropsy was per­formed but those de­tails have not been re­leased.

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