Oxford and Grenada Police Services make arrest over animal cruelty videos, IDA applauds cooperation – The Oxford Eagle

In Defense of Animals, the international animal rights organization that operates the Hope Animal Sanctuary in Carroll County, and the Justice for Animals Campaign in Montgomery County, commends the police departments of Grenada and Oxford for their cooperation in quickly arresting the person who allegedly killed four kittens and posted the “snuff” graphic video on Snapchat.

In Defense of Animals Justice for Animals Campaign Director Doll Stanley received a video late Monday, July 25, with a plea for urgent help in the arrest of 18-year-old Carl Travis Jr., who had posted the video of the kitten murders on Snapchat.

The concerned animal advocate believed the crime was committed in Grenada, where Travis resides.

However, it would be discovered that the video was taken in Oxford.

On Tuesday, July 26, Stanley met with officers from the Grenada Police Department to discuss the video and was informed that Constable Cory Murphree and his colleagues had arrested Travis earlier that day in Grenada.

At the time of the arrest, officers knew the charge was aggravated animal cruelty, but were unaware of the video. In cooperation with the Oxford Police Department, the Grenada Police Department served the arrest warrant obtained in Oxford.

Yesterday Travis appeared in court and is currently being held on $5,000 bond.

While Mississippi updated its animal welfare law in 2020 to include one count of cruelty for every dog ​​or cat injured in a single case, Travis is only charged with one count, though at the least four of the seven kittens were clearly killed in the video. The three surviving kittens are now safe and sound.

“We are grateful to the officers in Grenada and Oxford who worked together to arrest the person responsible for this horrific crime and the relevant person who brought this to our attention,” Stanley said. “Given that any vulnerable member of our community could be the next victim of an animal abuser, we urge the President of Justice to fully enforce the law and evaluate the abuser for psychological treatment.”

Cases of animal cruelty like this in Mississippi and across the country are deeply troubling and raise serious concerns about how offenders will escalate their violent behavior, an IDA official said. The IDA states that although cruelty to animals and its publication on social media bother the IDA, they provide the opportunity to apprehend an abuser, preventing the torment of future victims.

In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals campaign has defended and rescued thousands of animals, helped conduct cruelty investigations, strengthened laws, and enforced animal cruelty laws and ordinances in the South Central during 29 years.

For more information about In Defense of Animals, contact Doll Stanley, Director of IDA’s Justice for Animals Campaign, at [email protected] or (662) 809-4483.

In Defense of Animals is an international animal welfare organization with over 250,000 supporters and a 39-year history of defending animal rights, welfare and habitats through education, campaigning and advocacy. practical rescue facilities in India and rural Mississippi. www.idausa.org/justice4animals