On July 18, the Alley Cat Allies website posted they are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the men caught on video who killed three Atlantic City Boardwalk cats. The cats were well known in the community and part of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Cats Project and were affiliated with the nationwide Trap-Neuter-Return program.
The three cats were found slain near the boardwalk and Vermont Avenue in late March. The Atlantic City Police Department posted on their Facebook page:
“We are attempting to identify the pictured males in reference to an animal cruelty case investigation. If you can identify any of these males, please call the Criminal Investigations Unit at 609-347-5766 or anonymously text to tip411 (847411). Begin your text with ACPD.”
Alley Cat Allies stated:
“We are devastated about the loss of these cats, and we’re doing everything we can to find out who is behind this cruelty. The Boardwalk Cats are important not only to us, but the entire Atlantic City community—including residents, tourists, and leaders.
We’ve cared for the community cat colonies on the Atlantic City Boardwalk since 2000, as part of a city-supported Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. Through the TNR program, every Boardwalk Cat has been humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped.
We’re grateful to the Atlantic City Police Department and Chief Henry White for making this case a high priority. This is important since there is a proven connection between violence toward animals and violence toward people.”
Thanks go out to the Atlantic City Police Department for taking this case of animal cruelty seriously and to Alley Cat Allies for offering the reward as an incentive to find those responsible.