Reward offered after 30 cats found dead in Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. - The Morgan County Humane Society was investigating a case of animal abuse after as many as 30 cats were found dead in Martinsville.

Neighbors said they were sickened by the violence. Pam Avery said she loves cats and everyone in the neighborhood knows it.

Several weeks ago, a boy found a dying cat in an apartment complex and took it to Avery. She said she took the cat to a local veterinarian who determined the cat’s jaw was broken and its skull was smashed.

It was believed that someone stomped the animal to death.

Three weeks ago, five dead cats were found near a dumpster and were laid out side by side. Neighbors said the cats appeared to be almost ritualistically organized.

In the last two months, neighbors estimate finding 30 wounded or dead cats in the same area.

Alicia Fouty with the Morgan County Humane Society was searching for someone whom she suspects is a disturbed individual.

"This is a person that needs some help and could be contemplating doing something on a bigger scale. It could be a person next," Fouty said.

The shelter was offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.

Out of the dozens of cats that have died, only one is known to have survived. Boomer's eye is missing and his leg had to be amputated, but he has found a new home with an animal hospital employee.

"I basically called my husband and said, 'Hey what do you think about a three-legged one-eyed cat?' and he said, 'Bring him home,'" Lauren Waynick said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Morgan County Humane Society at 765-349-9177.

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