UPDATE: Humane Society offers reward in Russellville cat killing

Ken Aden

UPDATE: The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing a cat in Russellville to send a political message.

"Viciously killing a cat to send a political message is shockingly cruel and is a crime that should be punished to the fullest extent of the law," said Ann Chynoweth, senior director of the Animal Cruelty, Rescue and Response Team for The Humane Society of the United States. "Our sympathies go out to the Burris family for the loss of their pet and we hope our reward helps catch whoever committed this heinous act of animal cruelty."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 479-968-3232.

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The campaign manager for a congressional hopeful in northwest Arkansas says he found his family's cat slaughtered and the word "liberal" painted on its carcass.

Jacob Burris, who manages Democrat Ken Aden's campaign, said Monday that he found the cat on the porch of his Russellville home on Sunday morning. A spokesman with the Russellville Police Department confirmed that Burris had filed a report, but said the department did not have any suspects.

Burris said that he had not received any threats leading up to Sunday's incident. He has worked for Aden's campaign since the fall.

Aden, the former director of a West Memphis nonprofit, is the only Democrat running for the 3rd congressional seat held by freshman Republican Rep. Steve Womack.

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