Reward offered for info on burned cat
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for burning a cat found Monday on the 2700 block of La Crescenta Drive in Cameron Park.
El Dorado County Animal Control is investigating a citizen complaint of a kitten that had been burned. The citizen took the kitten to the nearest veterinarian for emergency treatment. The kitten, a black, 10-month-old male domestic shorthair, was treated for his injuries and is being cared for by El Dorado County Animal Control at their shelter. The shelter staff has named him Phoenix. He is expected to survive his ordeal but still has a long, hard road ahead.
“This type of crime does not occur without someone seeing or hearing something. People talk, rumors spread and much of the time these are valuable leads that can assist in solving this type of animal abuse,” said Henry Brzezinski, Chief of El Dorado County Animal Control. “We are optimistic that someone will call with information which may lead to the arrest, conviction and treatment of the person or persons who would inflict this pain and suffering upon Phoenix.”
“The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented,” said Eric Sakach, Regional Director of the West Coast Office of The Humane Society of the United States. “The Humane Society First Strike Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about this connection while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families,” said Sakach. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. Visit http://www.hsus.org/firststrike
“Animal abuse is often a sign of other serious problems and should be addressed by the proper authorities,” said Sakach. “And this is especially important when the animal cruelty is calculated or motivated by a desire to harm or cause pain.”
To report any crime of animal cruelty or neglect occurring in El Dorado County, please contact Animal Control by calling (530) 621-5795.