Crime, Fire + Courts

Officers seek suspects who set cat afire

By From page A4 | May 06, 2012

Yolo County Animal Services officers are seeking the suspect or suspects in what’s being called a “horrific” case of animal cruelty in West Sacramento.

The investigation began at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday when witnesses reported seeing a “moving ball of fire” in Circle Park, near Circle Street and Alabama Avenue. Upon further investigation, they discovered it was a cat — badly burned, but still alive, Animal Services spokeswoman Vicky Fletcher said.

The cat — a female short-haired tabby with no known owner — was taken by animal services officers to the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for emergency care. It’s believed the cat was doused with an accelerant and intentionally set on fire, Fletcher said.

“Veterinary staff first hoped this very friendly cat would survive this horrible act of animal cruelty, but sadly, the cat had to be euthanized by the treating veterinarian (Thursday) evening, as the pain became unmanageable and there were clinical signs the animal would lose its limbs due to the extent of the burns,” Fletcher said in a news release.

Anyone with information about the person or people responsible for this incident is urged to call Yolo County Animal Services at (530) 668-5287 or the West Sacramento Police Department at (916) 617-4900.

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or (530) 747-8048. Follow her on Twitter @laurenkeene

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