Two cats died after they were taken from their owner and thrown into San Francisco Bay, an animal control official said Tuesday.
A San Francisco woman was carrying her two adult felines in a carrier near Pier 14 on The Embarcadero around 4:20 p.m. Monday when a male suspect approached her, said Capt. Le-Ellis Brown of Animal Care and Control.
The suspect grabbed all the belongings the woman was carrying — including the cat carrier, which was attached to her backpack — and threw everything into the Bay.
Both cats died in the incident, Brown said.
Animal control personnel and fire crews responded and retrieved the woman’s property from the water, including the carrier, Brown said.
Brown is hoping to get more information about the suspect, who was wearing a black hoodie and possibly had a skateboard, during follow-up interviews with the victim.
“The owner was so distraught last night that we weren’t really able to talk to her,” he said.
Anyone with information about the suspect or the case is asked to call animal care Officer Johnny Hilton at (415) 554-9400.