Best Friends Animal Shelter offers reward for information on animal cruelty case

KANAB – Best Friends Animal Society is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for encasing a kitten in a cement-filled tube in Colorado City, Ariz., May 31.

The kitten was rescued and then brought to Best Friends Animal Society’s clinic in Kanab, where the medical team and maintenance staff worked for several hours to free the kitten from dried cement that had adhered to his body. The kitten, which the Best Friends medical team named “Thomas,” succumbed to his massive injuries June 4.


Gregory Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society, said he hopes the reward will prompt someone to come forward with information about the incident.  


“We were all deeply saddened at seeing what Thomas went through, and shocked to know that someone out there could inflict this kind of cruelty on another living being,” Castle said. “Though we were not able to save Thomas, we were able to draw comfort knowing that in his final hours, we were able to show him that people can be kind and loving, and that we were able to relieve his pain.”

Castle said it was also unfortunate that the incident has been projected on the entire Colorado City Community.


“Since there is no veterinarian in Colorado City, we have for years worked with the community to offer free spay/neuter and vaccinations for their community cats as well as medical care for their family pets,” Castle said. “Colorado City residents care deeply about their animals and they have brought hundreds of them to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for spaying and neutering.”

Persons with information about the incident should contact the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at 800-526-1911.

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets®.  The society’s leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country’s largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation. 

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1 Comment

  • Karen July 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks to Best Friends and all the fine work they do on behalf of animals. I, too, am glad that Thomas was cared for so compassionately in his final days. Thank you again.

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