The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) in San Mateo, Calif., south of San Francisco, is offering a $2250 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for drowning a cat. A municipal sewer district employee found the cat in a lagoon in Redwood Shores, about eight miles south of the shelter. The cat had a five-pound dumbbell type weight attached to his neck with heavy duty plastic zip tie fasterners.
PHS/SPCA describes the cat as a black and white male, approximately 12 years old with declawed front paws. He had no collar or microchip.
PHS/SPCA is now actively investigating the case – a likely felony animal cruelty case. In an official statement, Scott Delucchi, shelter vice president said,
We believe this was an owned cat and that someone intentionally killed him in a horrific way. We will exhaust efforts to find out what happened and are hoping the public can help by forwarding any relevant information.
Upon initial examination, PHS/SPCA’s lead veterinarian estimated that the cat had been in the water two to three days. PHS/SPCA will conduct a necropsy which could happen as early as tomorrow.
Shelter staff have reviewed all recent Lost Cat reports filed with PHS/SPCA and are scouring lost pet reports on Craigslist to see if one matches this cat’s description. Staff have made a few calls and left messages, but have not yet been able to find the cat’s owner.
Anyone with information should call PHS/SPCA at 650/340-7022, ext. 384.