Over the past five weeks, Oakland Animal Services--the City’s only open admission shelter--has taken in four cats suffering from severe injuries from a pellet gun--one of whom was injured so critically that he had to be euthanized. Friends of Oakland Animal Services is demanding justice for these cats--and we need our community's animal lovers--like you--to help the effort by donating to our reward fund. FOAS is offering $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the heartless person or persons behind these serious crimes.
All four cats came from the area within a 2 mile radius of the Lower Dimond neighborhood. The injuries on these cats appear to be related and to have come from the same type of weapon. OAS was able to care for two of the cats--Percy, a seal point Siamese, who is at OAS, and Frankie, a Siamese mix who has been moved to Cat Town, one of our transfer partners.
A third cat just arrived over the weekend, still recovering from a pellet wound in his elbow. Sadly, a fourth--a brown tabby, had to be euthanized due to the extent of his injuries. No animal deserves to die as the victim of such a cowardly act of cruelty.
This horrific abuse is not only a threat to the cats of the Lower Dimond area. Serial animal abuse is a known precursor to violence against humans as well. It is critical that the person or persons responsible for injuring Frankie and Percy, and for killing the sweet tabby boy who could not recover from his injuries, be held accountable. That is why Friends of Oakland Animal Services is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to justice for these innocent cats.
Anyone with information about these crimes should contact Oakland Animal Servcies' tip line at 510-535-4895.
We hope that this reward will serve as an incentive for anyone with information about these crimes to come forward. The ongoing support of FOAS donors--and donations to this reward fund campaign--are helping us demonstrate that Oakland has a "zero tolerance" policy for animal abuse. If the reward is not ultimately paid out, your donations will provide critical support to OAS--the landing site for animal crime victims in our city--through medical care and the other vital services our shelter provides to Oakland's homeless animals.
Thank you for helping us seek justice for these cats, and making sure this serial shooter no longer terrorizes Oakland's animals.