Reward offered in 'drop box kitten' case

A New Jersey businessman is offering a reward to find the person who dropped a kitten in a library drop box in Montgomery County.

My Inquirer colleague Bonnie Cook has the story:

The owner of a Merchantville, N.J., computer company is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shoved a kitten into a library drop box in Cheltenham July 22.

Gary Meyer, owner of GEM Enterprises, said this morning he is a longtime animal lover and activist who was appalled by the cruel act.

"Hopefully, the reward will lure somebody to help," Meyer said by phone from his office.

The kitten, a six-week-old male tabby, was found early July 23 in the drop box outside the La Mott Community Center. The animal was rushed to the Montgomery County SPCA where workers treated it for dehydration, diarrhea, and a respiratory infection.

Named Hemingway because of the book connection, the kitten rallied briefly, but died July 29.

SPCA director Carmen Ronio, who had warned that the kitten had been separated from its mother too soon and its survival chances were limited, said shelter workers were devastated by the loss.

"We did our very best. We were hopeful for a happy ending, but the cards were stacked against him," Ronio said.

Meyer said he had no time for a person who would mistreat an animal by exposing it to harm.

"I'm like so done with these people," he said. "Can you imagine the trauma that people suffered, who put books [through the slot] on top of the kitten?"