A local pet store & adoption shelter was broken into this past weekend. All the reptiles and some merchandise were stolen. The thieves weren't content with robbery, so they let loose the birds and smaller animals such as gerbils and mice, along with all 44 cats. Some of the small animals were stepped on intentionally, as their remains were flattened. Many of the surviving critters will need veterinary care. The store, Animal Talk, is a non-profit that also shelters and adopts out stray cats.
You can read King 5's report here, and the Seattle Times article here. You can send donations to Animal Talk Rescue, c/o Animal Talk, 6514 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle WA 98115; or online at AnimalTalkRescue.org. I have.
If I believed in hell, there would be a special room reserved for these perpetrators.
BTW, there's a strong correlation between animal abuse and other forms of abuse such as domestic violence.
Another animal care organization I really like is Pasado's Safe Haven. They are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators: "Pasado's Safe Haven cruelty investigators believe there were at least two individuals involved in this crime. We hope that they brag about their crime. We've found perpetrators of animal cruelty may "talk" about what they did. And hopefully, someone will come forward based on our reward."