Monica Ferreri, a woman from Redlands, Calif., was arrested on Oct. 24 for allegedly setting her cat’s tail on fire and then posting a picture of the abuse to her Facebook account.
CBS News in Los Angeles reported that after posting the picture to Facebook under the status update heading “Lighting Monica’s Cat on Fire,” the cruel picture of the burning tail immediately received three Facebook “likes” and one response which read “You are awesome.”
But one of Ferreri’s Facebook buddies called the woman on the bizarre and cruel post:
“Please explain to me how this is supposed to be amusing in any way,” Katie Lenart wrote.
Monica Ferreri, the cat’s alleged owner, wrote in response, “The cat isn’t set on fire, it is a bit of her fur. Chill.”
Lenart shot back, sarcastically, “Oh, so you’re only setting part of the cat on fire. That’s totally fine. So if someone were to set your hair on fire and laugh about it, it would only be your hair, so it would be chill. It’s unfortunate people like you can obtain animals. Glad you got a good laugh in.”
Someone in Boston contacted Redlands' Animal Control regarding the abuse. Animal Control investigators managed to track down Ferreri.
Animal Control officers considered the injuries to the feline to be serious enough to arrest Ferreri and charge her with animal cruelty.
The 15-year-old cat is currently being cared for at Redlands’ Animal Control and is expected to make a full recovery.
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