SACRAMENTO, CA - A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person responsible for a horrible case of animal abuse.
According to Front Street Animal Shelter Care Service Manager Gina Knepp, a resident on Manorside Drive in South Sacramento saw a young kitten walking in the area of Manorside an Meadowglen Avenue on Aug. 9. The resident said they took notice of the kitten because it appeared to be following a person walking down the street.
The next day, the resident found the kitten in his driveway, suffering from severe burns and smelling strongly of gasoline, said Knepp.
The Samaritan took the kitten to the South Sacramento Veterinary Hospital and paid for the necessary treatment, then took the cat home.
Several days later, the person was forced to surrender the 4-month-old male kitten to the Front Street Animal Shelter when its condition did not seem to be improving. The cat was examined by the shelter's veterinarian, who found severe burns to the hindquarter, ears and other parts of its body. The cat also still smelled of gasoline, despite being bathed at the veterinary hospital, said Knepp.
The kitten, named Phoenix by shelter personnel, had to be euthanized Sunday afternoon due to his declining health.
Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact Chief Animal Control Officer Dan Torres at 916-808-5855 or via email at email@example.com Witnesses may remain anonymous. The Humane Society of the United States has offered a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this crime.