On Monday, July 9, the residents of Pine Bridge Apartments in Mansfield, Ohio, made a horrifying discovery: Someone had inserted—and detonated—a firecracker inside the rectum of a 2-year-old stray tabby cat who lived in the area. They rushed her to Phillips Animal Hospital, where the cat, now named Katy, is currently receiving critical care.
Katy P is stable and in good spirits tonight. The next few days will be critical in the healing process. Thank you all for your thought and prayers.
Authorities are investigating but have yet to make any arrests in the case, prompting PETA to offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person(s) responsible for torturing this animal. The Humane Society of Richland County is offering its own reward, bringing the current claimable reward total to more than $5,500, and additional amounts are being raised by concerned members of the community.
Will you please share this information with your friends, family, and social media followers? Someone may recognize this cat, and it may be the only way to apprehend whoever is responsible for this horrific act.
There’s at least one dangerous person at large in Mansfield, and it’s critical that anyone with information about this hideous crime speak up before someone else gets hurt. Cases like this are why PETA urges animal guardians to keep cats indoors, where they’ll be safe. Dogs and cats should never be allowed to roam unattended outdoors, where they may be taken, attacked by other animals, or abused by cruel people.
According to leading mental-health professionals and law-enforcement agencies, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to all members of the community.