Humane Society needs help finding man who dragged cat, slammed it on ground

In this photo taken from surveillance footage, a witness tries to confront the suspect in an animal abuse case.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) –The Capital Area Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the man responsible for allegedly abusing a cat.

On August 27, 2015, at approximately 11 a.m., a young black male was seen in the Southpark apartment complex on Greenfield Avenue riding a bicycle and dragging a cat by a leash. The suspect reportedly swung the cat over his head in a “windmill” motion and slammed the cat into the ground. The suspect later carried the cat to a dumpster where a Good Samaritan found the cat—still alive.

The cat suffered multiple life-threatening injuries and was humanely euthanized upon exam, CAHS said.

“They don’t know who he is and we really need our community’s help,” said Rachel Finney, director at CAHS.

The suspect has been seen riding his bike in the apartment complex since the incident and is believed to live in the Southpark Apartments. The suspect is described as approximately 5’10”, young black male approximately 16-20 years-old, black hair with 2-3” dread locks, seen wearing camouflage pants with a black zip-up hoodie.

“There’s a very high correlation between violence against animals and violence against people–and other crimes. Weapons, drug use, etc.” Finney said.

The crime is a first-degree misdemeanor in Ohio.

Anyone with information should contact the Capital Area Humane Society animal cruelty investigations at (614) 777-7387 ext. 250. All calls are confidential. You can report animal abuse by clicking here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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