Kitten found burned smelling of gasoline

Credit: Sacramento Animal Care Services

Credit: Sacramento Animal Care Services

SACRAMENTO, CA – A resident in South Sacramento discovered a cat that had been severely burned and smelling of gasoline earlier this month.

According to Front Street Animal Shelter Care, a resident on Manorside Drive in South Sacramento discovered a young kitten that had apparently been doused in gasoline and then set on fire.

The Good Samaritan took the 4-month-old kitten to the South Sacramento Veterinary Hospital, paying for the necessary treatment and then took the cat home.

Credit: Sacramento Animal Care Services

Credit: Sacramento Animal Care Services

The person later brought the kitten to the Front Street Animal Shelter after its condition wasn’t improving. The cat suffered severe burns to the hindquarter, ears and other parts of the body. The cat still smelled of gasoline, despite being bathed at the veterinary hospital.

A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person responsible.

Shelter personnel  named the cat Phoenix.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact Chief Animal Control Officer Dan Torres at 916-808-5855 or via email at dtorres@cityofsacramento.org Witnesses may remain anonymous. The Humane Society of the United States has offered a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this crime.

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