Sacto 9-1-1
May 4, 2012
Information sought in torching of cat in West Sacramento

Yolo County Animal Services officials are seeking information regarding an animal cruelty case in which a cat had to be euthanized because of severe burns.

Animal Services officers responded to a call about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at Circle Park near Circle Street and Alabama Avenue. Witnesses said they had been walking to a friend's house near the park and had seen what appeared to be a ball of fire moving through Circle Park. When they investigated, they found a cat that was badly burned but still alive. They called for assistance and stayed with the cat until Animal Services arrived.

The cat, a stray with no known owner, was described as a female domestic short-hair brown tabby. It was transported to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital for emergency care. Officials said the veterinary staff initially hoped the friendly cat would survive. But after they determined that the pain was unmanageable and the animal would lose its limbs, the cat was euthanized.

Officials said the cat had been doused with an accelerant, then intentionally set on fire.

Anyone with information regarding this act of animal cruelty is asked to call the Yolo County Sheriff's Department, Animal Services Section, at (530) 668-5287, or the West Sacramento Police Department, (916) 617-4900.

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