ATLANTIC CITY — A cat advocacy group as well as PETA are both offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who helps lead to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed three cats in March.
The three cats were found dead March 27 near Vermont Avenue and the Boardwalk, according to Alley Cat Allies, a group based in Maryland.
Becky Robinson, president and founder of the group, said the three cats were part of Alley Cats Allies’ Atlantic City Boardwalk Cats project. A fourth dead cat was found on the beach at New Jersey Avenue a few days later, according to PETA.
Police previously said they were trying to identify three men caught on surveillance photos in reference to an animal cruelty case investigation.
Alley Cat Allies initiated the Boardwalk Cats project in 2000. The project is part of a city-endorsed trap-neuter-return program, ensuring that every colony of cats — or families of cats — at the Boardwalk has been spayed or neutered and returned to their outdoor home. The cats are a famous and beloved part of the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
“Animal cruelty must be taken seriously, and the guilty parties should be punished to the full extent of the law,” Robinson said. “Atlantic City is a model for the rest of the nation in showing how cats and people coexist. No matter where cats live, they are loved and valued.”
Anyone with information can call the Criminal Investigations Unit at 609-347-5766 or anonymously text tip411 (847411), beginning the text with ACPD.