UPDATE - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for intentially setting fire to the kitten.“This is the latest in a disturbing string of animals apparently being intentionally lit on fire,” said Sarah Speed, HSUS's Pennsylvania state director. “This depraved act of cruelty will not be tolerated, and we hope this reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward and help bring the perpetrator to justice.” The group noted the connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented.
The kitten is being treated by the amazing staff at Crown Veterinary Hospital in Lebanon, N.J., who have nursed back to health many severely injured animals from Philadelphia with the support of Animal Alliance. The most notable recent survivor was the badly burned pit bull Hercules who was adopted by one of his caretakers. The kitten is expected to make a full recovery.
The Pennsylvania SPCA wants to know who set a tiny kitten on fire and left him to die in Kensington.
The kitten was found Thursday on the 3100 block of F Street near McPherson Square Park with burns ovee one-third of its body.
“The black and white male kitten is approximately 4 to 5 weeks old and is burned over a third of its body, primarily on the head and back,” said George Bengal, the PSPCA's director of law enforcement. “This is a horrendous act of cruelty to inflict on a helpless animal.”
The PSPCA was notified by a resident who found the injured animal. A humane law enforcement officer brought the kitten back to PSPCA headquarters where it received medical care and pain medications. It has been transferred to a rescue partner to receive intensive care for its injuries. Veterinarians are hopeful that the kitten will survive.
The Pennsylvania SPCA is obtaining a search warrant to obtain video footage from a local business in the vicinity.
Anyone with information should call the Pennsylvania SPCA Anti-Cruelty Hotline 866-601-SPCA.
Remember it's kitten season and your community shelter is packed to the gills with unwanted kittens and cats of all sizes, shapes and colors. Save a life a cat or two into your home today and lower your blood pressure at the same time.
Nothing is quite as soothing as a kitten curled on your lap or as peaceful as watching yout cat stretched out basking in a sunny window. Cat people, am I right?