“WTF…there are some serious psycho’s that move amongst us, without knowledge; sick bxxxxxxs! I so which I was psychic!!”
Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) announce a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who set a cat on fire on May 24, 2013, in the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
The severely burned orange tabby cat was found in the 12th floor stairwell of 200 Throop Avenue by a resident of the building, who called 911. NYPD and FDNY responded to the scene and recovered the stray cat. It was determined an accelerant was used to set the fire.
District Attorney Hynes said, “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.
My office aggressively investigates and prosecutes animal abuse and fighting cases. I want to commend the Animal Legal Defense Fund for their cooperation with my office in this and other cases, and for offering this reward for information.”
Scott Heiser, Senior Attorney and Director of the Criminal Justice Program for the ALDF said, “We are so grateful to District Attorney Hynes and his team for their tireless efforts to bring the perpetrators of this outrageously cruel act to justice.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund posts this $1,000 reward to encourage people to come forward with information. I hope that whoever saw this crime will do the right thing and call the hotline number.”
Police officers brought the cat to Animal Care and Control of New York City to be examined by veterinary staff who determined that the cat had suffered burns to his body. The fire tore through the cat’s fur and skin and melted his claws, exposing tissue.
The cat was medically stabilized and sent to North Shore Animal League for further treatment. Unfortunately, he passed away from his injuries.
As part of the investigation, KCDA detectives questioned building residents who reported having seen the cat living in the staircase before the attack. They believed the cat was being fed by residents.
It is unknown if the attack occurred at 200 Throop Avenue or if he was burned elsewhere and retreated back to 200 Throop Avenue.
The attached reward flyer is being distributed in the community with the hopes of finding and arresting the suspect(s) who committed this crime. Anyone with any information concerning this crime should call the hotline at 718-250-4400.