Reward Offered in Kensington Kitten Burning Case

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Humane Society of the United States Offers up to $5,000 Reward

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for intentionally setting fire to a kitten in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania SPCA humane officers recovered the 4-to-5-week-old male kitten near the intersection of F and Clearfield streets in the afternoon on Thursday, April 25. The kitten suffered burns on more than one-third of its body, with most of the burns on its head and back, officials said. The kitten is being treated at Crown Veterinary Hospital in Lebanon, N.J., and is expected to make a full recovery.

“This is the latest in a disturbing string of animals apparently being intentionally lit on fire,” said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The HSUS. “This depraved act of cruelty will not be tolerated, and we hope this reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward and help bring the perpetrator to justice.”

“We welcome the Humane Society’s support in this case,” said George Bengal, director of humane law enforcement for the Pennsylvania SPCA. “Working cooperatively is the best way to fight cruelty.” The Pennsylvania SPCA is actively investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (866) 601-SPCA.

The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.