Jill Milan Contributes $3,000 to Peninsula Humane Society Reward Fund in Search for Person Who Drowned Cat

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Luxury fashion brand Jill Milan contributes $3,000 to a Peninsula Humane Society reward fund to help find the person who drowned a cat in a Redwood City lagoon.

“I read this story in disbelief that any person could be so cruel to an innocent animal. No cat could protect itself against such a terrible act. I’m hopeful this small gesture by our company can help uncover who did this crime.

Luxury fashion brand Jill Milan announced a contribution of $3,000 to the Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo toward its reward fund supporting search efforts for the person who tied a 5-pound dumbbell to a cat and drowned it in a Redwood City lagoon, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle November 4. Public works employees found the cat November 2 in the lagoon southeast of Lagoon Drive in the Redwood Shores area of the city.

“I read this story in disbelief that any person could be so cruel to an innocent animal. No cat could protect itself against such a terrible act,” said Jill Fraser, company co-founder and chief executive officer. “I believe someone knows who did this – perhaps they heard the perpetrator talking about the incident – and I’m hopeful this small gesture by our company can help uncover who did this crime.” The Peninsula Humane Society said whoever committed the act would most likely face felony animal cruelty charges.

The reward, which the Humane Society office says is nearly $12,000, is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who drowned the cat. Anyone with information should call the Peninsula Humane Society at (650) 340-7022 ext. 384 or send e-mail to reportcruelty(at)peninsulahumanesociety(dot)org. To make donations toward the investigation or the reward fund, call (650) 340-7022 ext. 327.

"We will exhaust efforts to find the person or persons responsible and will also do everything possible to find the owner of this cat," said Scott Delucchi, a spokesman for the Peninsula Humane Society/Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“Identifying this person, and others who are prone to animal abuse, is important not only because of the obvious threat they pose to animals but because of the threat they might pose to humans,” Fraser said. “The connection between animal abuse and subsequent violence against people has been well documented.” A 1997 study by Northeastern University and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found that animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people, and four times more likely to commit property crimes, than are individuals without a history of animal abuse. The FBI considers animal cruelty to be one of the predictors of violence and considers past animal abuse when profiling serial killers.

Fraser has been an advocate for animal welfare for many years. Jill Milan supports non-profit organizations working to end horse slaughter and for the past two years has been a sponsor of the Genesis Awards, an event presented by the Humane Society of the United States to honor individuals in the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works which raise public awareness of animal issues.

About Jill Milan
Jill Milan delivers luxury fashion and lifestyle products made of exquisite materials and crafted in Italy by artisans who have created handbags and accessories for some of Europe’s best known fashion houses. The company is committed to cruelty-free design and manufacturing and all Jill Milan products are free of animal-based materials. The company designates proceeds from sales of certain items to animal-welfare organizations. Visit Jill Milan on the Web at http://www.jillmilan.com, and follow Jill Milan on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Jill_Milan or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JillMilanHandbags.

Jill Milan and the Jill Milan logo are registered trademarks of Jill Milan LLC, and are protected by trademark laws of the United States and other countries. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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