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“The Washington Humane Society desperately needs the help of the community for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific act of animal cruelty”

by Prince Of Petworth December 11, 2015 at 9:45 am 23 Comments

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From the Washington Humane Society:

“On December 9, 2015, the Washington Humane Society discovered an adolescent male domestic short-haired grey tabby cat dangling from a phone line across the alley of the 400 block of Newcomb St. SE and the 400 block of Mellon St. SE. It is believed this act was committed between the evening of December 8th and the morning of December 9th.

The Washington Humane Society desperately needs the help of the community for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific act of animal cruelty. The Washington Humane Society is offering a $5,000.00 reward that will be given to any person who provides such information.

If you have any information about this case, please contact
Washington Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement Department: Officer Russell
[email protected]
Information will be kept confidential upon request.”

Warning – graphic photo after the jump.


  • Kingman Park

    Uhhh, what the actual fuck.

    • dcd

      Yeah, that about sums it up. Jesus. (And there’s no way I’m clicking on that link.)

  • Urban_Architect

    Wow. I hope they catch the demented person that did this.

  • julie anna

    DEAR GOD. WTF. i hate people.

  • Ally

    What kind of tool does something like that? Seriously, this loser needs jail time.

    • monkeyrotica

      Most serial killers started by torturing animals as a child. Just sayin.

  • Ward One Resident

    And when they find this a**hole, they had better check on his/her family because someone who abuses an animal is typically inclined to abuse children as well.

    • artemis

      Or may be the victim of abuse him(or her)self. Abusing animals can definitely be a red flag for a child that is or has suffered abuse. (Not that I am in any way offering this as an excuse.)

  • Ekington Chick

    This really makes me sick to my stomach. I hope they catch whoever did this, although my guess is (a) they probably won’t and (b) even if they did the punishment wouldn’t fit the crime given how lax animal abuse laws are.

  • FightingDespair

    So disturbing, but sadly not an isolated act of cruelty in our midst and world – most of the time it’s aimed at humans. Should really bring a moment of “what have we become” introspection, but it won’t.

  • I find your use of the photo to be very offensive. The description clearly notes the horrific act that took place; adding the photo is in pretty poor taste. Even though you warn of the “graphic photo after the jump”, the photo loads automatically when accessing the page from a mobile device so you aren’t given a choice in viewing it when reading the article.

    • houseintherear

      WHS has used the photo in all of their social media posts about this crime. It is meant to shock in order to create a call to action, and IMO that’s very smart.

    • Derp derp

      It didn’t load automatically for me on mobile, for what it’s worth.

    • Elvis’s Mom

      Not looking at it won’t make it go away. I mean, I get it, but WHS wants people to see what cruelty is. Your imagination can’t go there unless you’re sick.

  • The Cruzeer

    Actually I like that fact it is shown. Because its one thing to read and its another thing to see. This pic really lets you know what is going on in this city. This person is sick and needs to be locked up ASAP.

    • CP

      I agree. Plus, I wasn’t quite sure what had happened from the description. It seemed like a cat could have been dangling precariously and then rescued, but that the WHS believed the cat was purposely left up there. The picture makes it abundantly clear what actually happened.

  • mtvernsq

    This is beyond horrible.

  • Ekington Chick

    I want to do something about this, but I feel like the only realistic action I can take is to donate money to the Humane Society on behalf of “Newcomb.”

    • E.

      In my experience, the Animal Control Officers/Humane Law Enforcement in DC are really good. They are responsive, they are kind, and they care, about both animals and people. A donation that supports them through Washington Humane is a good action.

  • Nerrrrrrrrd

    It’s weird that the rope appears to be cut so close to the wire. And it’s pretty far away from the pole – it looks further than an arm’s reach anyway. My impression is that some sicko actually dragged an 18-foot ladder out to the street/alley to tie up an already-dead cat.

  • ksuave

    How cruel?! Some last moth or so one of my neighbors reported that a cat had been mauled and dumped in his backyard. What’s with all the cruelty to cats? Sheesh! I’m pretty sure this is the act of some teenager who thinks this is funny.

  • Mickey’s BFF

    If you don’t like feral cats in your neighborhood, have them spayed or neutered and send them over to H St NE. Rat problem solved. Seriously.

  • Sahra

    I fucking hate people.


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