The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Section has an urgent message for the public hoping to solve a horrific case of animal cruelty. Yolo County Animal Services responded to a call in West Sacramento on May 2 at 11:15 pm at Circle Park near Circle Street and Alabama for a severely burned cat.

Witnesses advised Animal Services they had been walking to a friend’s house near the park and had observed what appeared to be a ball of fire moving through Circle Park. When the witnesses went to investigate they found a cat badly burned, but still alive and called for assistance while staying with the animal until Animal Services arrived.

The cat, a stray with no known owner, described as a Domestic Short Hair brown Tabby female, was transported by Animal Services to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital for emergency care. Veterinary staff first hoped this very friendly cat would survive this horrible act of animal cruelty, but sadly the cat had to be euthanized by the treating veterinarian last evening, as the pain became unmanageable and there were clinical signs the animal would loose its limbs due to the extent of the burns. It was determined the cat was burned by being doused with an accelerant and then intentionally lit on fire.

If you have any information regarding this act of animal cruelty please contact Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, Animal Services Section at (530) 668-5287 or West Sacramento Police Department at 916-617-4900.

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