Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 


On June 12, 2018, at about 6:30 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a report of six kittens intentionally drowned at Martin’s Slough in Eureka. A sheriff’s deputy checked the area but was unable to locate the kittens.

At about 12:30 p.m., the Sequoia Humane Society received one kitten found alive in the area of the Slough bridge turnout. The person who located the kitten had also discovered several deceased kittens hidden underneath a rock. A shelter volunteer responded to the Slough bridge turnout and located five deceased kittens and an additional living kitten, all approximately five to six weeks old in age.

An Animal Control Officer transported the two living kittens to a local animal clinic for treatment. Both kittens were in critical condition. While at the clinic, both kittens succumbed to their injuries.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this animal cruelty incident. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

Humboldt County Animal Control would like to remind the public that there are several local animal rescues that will accept pets if you are unable to care for them. To find out more information on these rescues, contact the Humboldt County Animal Shelter at (707) 840-9132.

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UPDATE: In response to this post, LoCO readers on Facebook took it upon themselves to quickly compile a list of more local agencies that work to ensure that local animals are cared for. Their list is featured below:

  • Companion Animal Foundation: 826-7387
  • Humboldt Spay Neuter Network: 442-7729
  • Friends for Life Animal Rescue: 442-5999
  • Humboldt Animal Rescue Team: 616-6440
  • Sierra Pacific Fur Babies: 441-9502
  • Miranda’s Rescue: 725-4449
  • Sequoia Humane Society: 442-1782