Severely Burned Cat Euthanized; Police Seek Assistance With Investigation

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crime-scene-tape cat burnedOn Sunday, February 20, 2011, at approximately 11:15 a.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to the 1100 block of Daisy Avenue in response to a call that a cat had been severely burned and was in need of emergency treatment.

Officers arrived on the scene and found the animal on a walkway, with its fur still smoldering. Due to the cat suffering immensely, they immediately transported the animal to an emergency veterinary hospital where it was evaluated by a veterinarian and humanely euthanized.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the cat, a young adult of one or two years, was burned. The cat appeared to have been multi-colored, with dark grey or black as the predominant color, with a dark tail, white back feet, and a patch of white on the face. The exact time of the cat being burned is unknown.

The Long Beach Police Department, in conjunction with Long Beach Animal Care Services, would like to remind the public that animal cruelty is a serious crime, and offenders are also very likely to commit acts of violence on humans. Punishments for animal cruelty crimes can include fines and/or jail time.

Cases of animal neglect or cruelty can be reported to Animal Care Services at (562) 570-7387. Improper care of animals can include lack of proper shelter, failure to provide food and water, unlawful breeding, and denying an animal needed medical care. To report an act of cruelty in progress, or an animal in immediate need of assistance, please call 9-1-1.

If anyone has any information regarding this act of cruelty, they are asked to call Long Beach Police Department Violent Crimes Detective David Ternullo at (562) 570-7657.Tipsters can also submit information via text or email on the L.B.P.D. website, www.longbeach.gov/police, or directly to Tipsoft, www.tipsoft.com.

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