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Reward in Provo animal cruelty case increased by $2,000

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Posted at 7:27 PM, Apr 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-29 21:27:28-04

PROVO, Utah — The Humane Society of Utah has increased the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for torturing and killing 6 cats from $3,000 to $5,000.

The cats were found about a month ago in Provo in the area between Independence Avenue and Geneva Road. The cats paws’ were bound with tape and the cats were strangled and left on the railroad tracks to die.

Director of Communication Carl Arky, Humane Society of Utah, said this is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty they’ve ever seen, which is why the reward has been increased.

“Our members think it’s important too,” he said. “We’ve had a great response on this particular case, and a lot of people are outraged about that. In fact, part of the reason we’re able to increase the reward money is because some of our members have said, ‘We’ll kick in some more money to try to find out whoever did this.’”

The person responsible for the killings could face a maximum fine of $5,000 and as many as five years in prison, according to Utah statutes.

Anyone with information about the attacks is encouraged to contact Detective Morgan, Provo police, at 801-852-7292.