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Reward offered in dead animals case in South Bend

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More than 20 animals, including cats and other wildlife, were found dead earlier this week in a South Bend alley.

Now, there's a reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Kelley Rahmah says a young girl in the neighborhood found the large group of dead animals, including her cat Tiger, in the alley near her home.

"There's no reason for people to do this and to get away with it," says Rahmah.

That's why a national cat advocacy organization, Alley Cat Allies, is getting involved.

"We're offering a $750 reward for information that leads to an arrest," says Aileen Warden with Alley Cat Allies.

Alley Cat Allies is based in Maryland and sometimes offers rewards in situations, like these, all over the country. They say it's to help out those who can't afford to offer rewards on their own. "Threats and heaven-forbid, outright cruelty, especially outright cruelty that leads to death, has to be taken serious," says Warden.

Rahmah says she's grateful Alley Cat Allies is stepping in. "I think that is absolutely great. We need more people in the world to help out these poor animals. You know, they don't have a voice. We are their voice," says Rahmah.

Rahmah just hopes the reward works. "I just hope that whoever did this really does get caught, and they need some kind of punishment - not just a slap on the wrist," she says.

Animal Control and the South Bend Police Department believe the animals may have been trapped, somehow killed, and dumped in the alley. But they haven't determined a cause of death. Necropsies of the animals are being done at Purdue right now. Animal Control expects to know more, next week.

If you have tips in the case, call Crimestoppers at 574-288- STOP.

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