Crime, Fire + Courts

Reward offered in West Sacramento cat burning

By From page A8 | May 09, 2012

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case of a stray cat that was fatally burned last week in West Sacramento.

Yolo County Animal Services spokeswoman Vicky Fletcher said the Yolo County SPCA and RedRover, a national animal-protection organization based in Sacramento, each have offered $2,500 toward the reward fund.

The burning — which animal services officers have called a “horrific” case of animal cruelty — occurred on the night of May 2 in Circle Park, near Circle Street and Alabama Avenue in West Sacramento. The cat, a female short-haired tabby, is believed to have been doused with an accelerant and set on fire.

Staff at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital attempted to save the cat, but eventually had to euthanize it due to “unmanageable pain” and the likelihood it would lose its limbs due to the severe burns, Fletcher said.

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 me on Twitter @laurenkeene

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