Humane Society offering $5K reward in Rockingham County cat cruelty case

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MADISON, N.C. — The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the deaths of cats found in Rockingham County.

Just before 6 a.m. Wednesday, employees with the Public Works Department found six animal carriers and a plastic bin on the side of a service road near Old Covered Bridge Road, according to investigators with the Madison Police Department.

The bodies of seven decomposing cats were inside along with feces, newspaper, and rotting cat food.

“The animals had been very decomposed which leads you to believe they had been dead for several months,” said Det. Tim Handy, a criminal investigator for Madison police.

Around 11:30 a.m., a park ranger found four more cats inside crates dumped on U.S. 220 Business near Janet Road in Mayodan.

Feces, animal bowls and cat food were also food inside. Investigators believe the cases are connected.

The Humane Society doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000.

Anyone with any information about the case can call Rockingham County Crime Stoppers at (336) 349-9683.