A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the recent burning death of a cat in West Sacramento.
The Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and RedRover, a national animal protection organization based in Sacramento, have each offered $2,500 toward the reward, according to Yolo County Animal Services.
Animal Services responded to a call in West Sacramento on at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at Circle Park near Circle Street and Alabama Avenue regarding a severely burned cat. Witnesses reported that they had been walking to a friend's house near the park and saw what appeared to be a ball of fire moving through Circle Park.
They found a cat badly burned, but still alive, and called for assistance, staying until Animal Services officers arrived. The female cat, a domestic short hair brown tabby, was eventually euthanized by veterinarians at the UC Davis Veterinary School because of the animal's extent of suffering.
Yolo County Animal Services and local law enforcement officers are continuing their investigation.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Yolo County Sheriff's Department, Animal Services Section, (530) 668-5287, or West Sacramento Police Department, (916) 617-4900.