COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the person who set fire to five newborn kittens in central Ohio last weekend.
Kerry Manion, chief humane agent for Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus, said the kittens were in a box with their mother near the back patio of a home. The mother cat jumped out and survived, but the kittens died.
Karen Minton, Ohio director for the national humane society, called the Saturday incident a "despicable crime."
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/17H9N1N ) reports that police are investigating. An animal cruelty conviction carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Manion said the mother cat is being treated and will be returned to her owner after being spayed.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com