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Burned cat reward now over $5,000 | Crime

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Burned cat reward now over $5,000

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - The cash reward for revealing who deliberately set a cat on fire last Wednesday night was doubled Monday.

According to Yolo County sheriff's spokeswoman Vicky Fletcher, there have been several reward offers with individuals contributing $100 to $150. Until Monday, the largest contribution came from Red Rover, a national non-profit animal advocacy organization in Sacramento whose mission is to protect animals in danger or need. The group donated $2,500.

Monday, that figure was matched by Yolo SPCA, bringing the reward to over $5,000.

Wednesday night, Yolo County Animal Services responded to Circle Park near Circle Street around 11:15 p.m. after people walking nearby reported seeing a moving fire in the park, said Fletcher.

The witnesses got closer and found a female short hair brown tabby that was badly burned. They stayed with the cat until animal services arrived.

Fletcher said veterinarians with animal services were hoping the cat would be able to recover; however, the cat's pain was unmanageable and clinical signs showed that she would lose her limbs because of the extent of her burns.

Investigators believe the cat was doused with an accelerant then set on fire.

Anyone with information on the incident was urged to call Yolo County Sheriff's Department, Animal Services Section at (530) 668-5287 or West Sacramento Police Department at 916-617-4900.


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