HSUS offers up to $5K reward for cats found dead in carriers in Rockingham, NC

May 5, 2016

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons who left several cats to die in their carriers in Rockingham County, North Carolina, HSUS stated in a press release May 5. Greenville Cats Examiner covered the tragedy May 4.

The Rocking County Sheriff’s office reported nine medium-sized animal carriers lined with newspaper and several inches of decomposing food and animal feces were found in the area of Janet Road and U.S. 220 Business in Rockingham County. Four of the carriers contained decomposing cat carcasses.

Decomposing cat carcasses were also found in several other pet carriers by Madison Public Works around 6 a.m. May 4 on a dead end service road inside Madison city limits. Around seven carriers were found at this second site. It’s believed the carriers were dumped between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.

HSUS North Carolina state director Erica Geppi stated

“Leaving these cats for dead inside their kennels and carelessly tossing them out is heartbreakingly cruel and also a serious crime. We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this despicable act.”

Thanks to an HSUS board member, the reward was increased from $2.500 to $5,000. The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact their office at (336)634-3232, the Madison Police Department at or call Rockingham County Crime Stoppers at 336-349-9683. Please do not name any suspects on social media, or you could be made liable and be entered into the investigation.

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