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$1,000 Reward for Info Leading to Arrest of Person(s) Who Abandoned Injured Cat in Freezing Conditions


The Cortland County SPCA says the NYS Humane Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who are responsible for abandoning an injured cat at the steps of the Cortland County SPCA in below freezing temperatures,

The SPCA’s Law Enforcement Department says the cat being abandoned on private property, an owner failing to provide veterinary care which results in pain and/or suffering, and confining the cat in a plastic cage that was not adequate to protect it from freezing temperatures, allows the agency for possible charges to be brought against the person or persons.

In a release, the SPCA says the cat was found around 7:45 in the morning on November 30th, at the Cortland County SPCA by a staff member. The cat was locked inside the crate, freezing and injured. After bringing the cat inside, they were found to have an injury to his neck from a possible bite wound. He was also underweight, and cold.

Neck injury to the cat. Image courtesy of the Cortland County SPCA.

The cat, named Louie by members of the SPCA, will be examined and treated by a local vet. The SPCA says the individuals who are responsible for leaving the cat should’ve contacted an investigator for the SPCA who would’ve assisted them without further risking the cats health and life. The SPCA also stated the person(s) could have contacted the organization during business hours to make arrangements to bring in the cat.

Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Cortland County SPCA investigator, Stacy Mitchell at 607-423-5145.

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