Man pleads guilty to setting cat ablaze
A Philadelphia man charged with setting a cat ablaze on Nov. 10 and leaving it for dead pleaded guilty Monday to charges of animal cruelty, criminal conspiracy and other counts.
Tyrique Hall, 21, doused a cat named Campbell in accelerant and set him on fire in Olney. The incident was captured on a local store’s surveillance camera. Veterinarians at the PSPCA treated the cat’s severe burns for three weeks until it was strong enough to undergo surgery at the University of Pennsylvania veterinary hospital. Penn vets removed dead tissue and reconstructed Campbell’s skin, said a spokesperson for the PSPCA.
A second man believed to be involved in burning the cat, Jose Sanchez, 18, was arrested and is awaiting trial.
Campbell was adopted by Philadelphia firefighter Stephen Paslawski of Engine Company 45 in Strawberry Mansion.