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Animal Services Newsroom

Reward Offered In Metro Animal Services Cruelty Case

Monday July 23, 2012

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) and the Shamrock Foundation Arrow Fund are seeking the community’s help in locating the person or persons responsible for setting a dangerous leghold trap in a Louisville neighborhood, which caught and ultimately killed a local cat. The Humane Society of the United States is offering $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person/persons responsible.

On Friday, July 19, 2012, at approximately 11:00 a.m., LMAS responded to a call from a concerned citizen in the 6900 block of Johnsontown Road in Valley Station who saw a cat ensnared in and dragging a leg hold trap. The cat, a male Maine Coon mix, now named Leprechaun, suffered severe damage to his rear leg. LMAS contacted the Shamrock Foundation Arrow Fund which agreed to provide specialized emergency veterinary assistance for the suffering cat. After surgery to amputate the crushed leg and around the clock care, Leprechaun died Sunday morning as a result of complications from this catastrophic injury.

“The person or persons who set this dangerous trap need to be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Rebecca Eaves, director of the Shamrock Foundation Arrow Fund. “It is the height of cruelty and irresponsibility to set a coil spring trap like this anywhere – but especially in the city limits. Leprechaun suffered horribly and the person who set the trap cruelly endangered other pets, wildlife, and children, “she added.

"Our officers’ deal with horrific acts against animals daily," said LMAS Director Justin Scally. "We rely on the community to be the eyes and ears for these voiceless victims."

Louisville Metro Animal Services is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 502-363-6609.