Reward for information in cat drowning grows to $8,400

(File photo)(File photo)

The Peninsula Humane Society announced today that public support has enabled it to offer more than $8,000 for information related to Wednesday's discovery of a drowned cat in the Redwood Shores lagoon.

The male black-and-white cat was found in the lagoon on Wednesday with a five-pound dumbbell tied around its neck. It was discovered by Redwood City public works employees, who brought it to the humane society, shelter spokesman Scott Delucchi said.

The dumbbell was attached to the cat's neck with zip ties, he said.

The cat appeared to be middle-aged and his front paws were declawed, indicating that he was likely someone's pet and not a feral cat, Delucchi said.

The nature of the crime indicates clear intent to harm the animal, which is a felony, he said.

Thursday the humane society announced it was offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crime. That award has since grown to $8,400 after individuals and two businesses pledged donations for the reward.

According to the PHS, the owner of the Swingin' Door in San Mateo pledged $1,000 and Pet Food Express contributed $2,750.

A humane society veterinarian conducted a necropsy Friday that revealed the cat was alive when it was dumped in the lagoon with the weight around its neck, according to the humane society.

“We continue to believe this was an owned cat and that someone intentionally killed him in a horrific, unimaginable way,” Delucchi said today. “We need the public's help in order to find the owner and the person responsible.”

The cat did not have a collar or an identification microchip.

Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call the Peninsula Humane Society at (650) 340-8200 or email at reportcruelty@peninsulahumanesociety.org.

Just Posted

SF public defender calls deputy shooting ‘preventable and unnecessary tragedy’

Sheriff identifies four deputies involved in incident that killed dog, allegedly wounded owner

Proposed pay raises for City College administrators anger students, faculty

Large increases come as college cuts classes, trims budget

Fatal Mission Terrace fire takes lives of father and daughter

Neighbors mourn loss of family after early morning blaze

Central Subway project projected to run $55 million over budget

San Francisco’s $1.6 billion Central Subway is roughly $55 million in the… Continue reading

Newsom, Becerra lash out at Trump plan to rescind California emissions standards

In a series of tweets early Wednesday morning, Trump said that revoking California’s authority to impose emissions standards will help make cars more affordable.

Most Read