NICOLA VILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) – PETA President Ingrid Newkirk offers a reward of up to $ 5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for killing a Jessamine County cat with a dart.
Melissa Lapish said one of her cats, George, did not come home on the night of Thursday, March 17, after playing in their backyard. They searched for him over the weekend and four days later, her daughter found his body against their Applegrove Drive home. Someone had shot him in the neck.
“It wasn’t necessary. It wasn’t right,” Lapish said. “He has seven children who love him, so it was really hard for all of them.”
According to PETA, George’s family believe whoever killed him transgressed because of it.
PETA says a cat in adjacent Strawberry Lane died in 2020 after being shot with the same type of hunting dart. Police say they have no clues in either case.
“It is vital to find the killers of these cats for their own good, but as criminologists know, people who make fun of helpless animals don’t usually stop there,” says Newkirk, “PETA urges anyone with information to come forward and for people to keep cats inside where it is safe. “
For inquiries, contact Jessamine County Animal Care & Control at (859) 881-0821.