May 082012
 

This stray cat was euthanized after UC Davis vets first tried to save it. Someone doused it with an accelerant and set it on fire near Circle Park in central West Sacramento (photo courtesy of Yolo Animal Services)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 8, 2012 –

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

What looked like a “ball of fire” moving through Circle Park late Wednesday night turned out to be somebody’s idea of a very cruel prank. A cat had been lit ablaze and turned loose.

Witnesses walking near Circle Street and Alabama Street at about 11:15 p.m. reported seeing the flaming cat. They investigated and found it badly burned, but alive, reported Vicky Fletcher of the county sheriff’s department animal services division.

The citizens stayed with the cat until an animal services officer arrived.

“The cat, a stray with no owner, described as a domestic short hair brown tabby female, was transported by Animal Services to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital for emergency care,” added Fletcher in a press release. “Veterinary staff first hoped this very friendly cat would survived this horrible act of animal cruelty, but sadly, the cat had to be euthanized (May 3) as the pain became unmanageable and there were clinical signs the animal would lose its limbs due to the extent of the burns.”

“It was determined the cat was burned by being doused with accelerant and then intentionally lit on fire,” she added.

  As of yesterday, there was $5,000 in reward money waiting for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. The money comes from RedRover, a national animal-protection organization based in Sacramento, and from the Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Anyone with information is asked to call Yolo’s Animal Services section at (530) 668-5287, or West Sacramento police at (916) 617-4900.

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Steve Marschke

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