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