An African serval cat became one of Detroit’s most recent homicide victims. According to CBS Detroit on Aug. 27, residents of Detroit’s east side, evidently worried for their safety, took it upon themselves to shoot the exotic cat.
A feral cat rescue team had been searching for the 3-year-old animal for approximately one week, after area residents reported seeing the cat. Both police and the Michigan Humane Society were advised of the roaming cat, but evidently neither sent out any search teams.
Nicknamed “Chum,” the savannah cat was a cross between an African serval cat, or a medium sized cat, and a domestic cat.
Paws for the Cause, a feral cat rescue group based out of Chesterfield, said the dead cat was found in a trash can on Monday night.
Laura Wilhelm-Bruzek, spokesperson for the organization, was upset that residents took it uopon themsleves to shoot the cat and then dump it out with the weekly trash.
“I think people can’t just go around shooting things they don’t understand,” Laura said. “I think we need to be a little bit more respectful of the animals and human beings around us. I’d love to see someone look into it and investigate it. But I’m not holding out a lot of hope. This whole thing from the beginning has just been a mess.”
The owners of the beautiful cat contacted Paws for a Cause last week for help, explaining that their cat escaped through an open window in their house about a month ago. The loss of their cat has reportedly devastated the cat’s owners, who say they raised the cat from infancy.
"They were just hysterical, I mean, they’re heartbroken," Laura said when the owners confirmed the pictures of their dead pet. "They had to watch this unfold over the news and all the lies with people saying this cat is dangerous, you know, when those of us that know the breed know that it was not. I mean, the neighbors have pictures of them petting the cat."
The cat, a legal pet, is not a threat to humans and is not aggressive.