Reward offered for information leading to arrest of individual(s) who burned cat

On Sunday, Feb. 20, at approximately 11:15am, 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’s immense suffering, 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 gray or black as its predominant color, with a dark tail, white back feet, and a patch of white on the face. The exact time of the incident is unknown.
A press release issued by the Long Beach Police Department this week noted that animal cruelty is a serious crime and that offenders are also 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 may 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, call 9-1-1.
This week, the nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the crime. Justin Rudd, CAT’s founder, then began a Facebook campaign to generate more money for the reward. “The reward is now up to $4,055 with help from Friends of Long Beach Animals and several individuals,” Rudd said. “Anyone wanting to pledge toward the reward money being offered can do so with an email to We want Long Beach to be a place where animals are loved and respected. We want to send a strong message that we care about all living creatures here.”
Those with information regarding this act of cruelty 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 LBPD website or directly to Tipsoft

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