NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Authorities are offering a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction after a cat was found severely burned inside a building in Brooklyn.
The orange tabby stray cat had been living at the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant when a resident found it on the 12th floor stairwell last month and called police.
Officers brought the cat to Animal Care and Control where vets determined an accelerant was used to set the cat on fire, authorities said. The fire had torn through the cat’s fur and skin, causing second and third degree burns and melting his claws, authorities said.
The cat was stabilized and sent to North Shore Animal League for further treatment where he is recovering.
“I find it incomprehensible why people would hurt any animal. But unfortunately, it does happen and those people need to be held accountable for their actions,” Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a statement.
As part of the investigation, authorities questioned residents who said the cat had been living in the staircase before the attack and believe it was being fed by other residents.
It’s unclear if the cat was burned inside the building or somewhere else and returned to the stairwell.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the case. Anyone with information should call 718-250-4400.
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