Last Update: 4/21/2017 11:42:00 AM
Cat spraypainted, suffers burns in Reading
Birdsboro, PA - For the second time this month, a cat involved in a vicious abuse incident in Reading is on the mend, and investigators are searching for the perpetrators of the latest attack of a feline.
Churchill the cat was dropped off at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County on April 9 after being sprayed with purple spray paint and suffering a serious burn on his neck by a group of juveniles in Essick Park on Church Street, according to shelter Manager Sarah McKillip. The 2-year-old male cat was left in the Birdsboro shelter's stray animal building with a note from the person who brought him in, McKillip said, explaining the circumstances of the injuries.
"You're never happy to see abuse, you're never happy to see those things that go on, and it breaks your heart to see it," McKillip said. "But at least he's with us, and I knew he'd be OK."
McKillip said Churchill, named after the street on which he was found, was immediately checked for health problems. And besides a foggy eye from an untreated ulcer and the serious neck burns, McKillip said, he was healthy.
Churchill was placed into foster care over the weekend after spending a few days at the shelter, McKillip said, with a member of the ARL's Cat Crusaders volunteer group answering the call to take him home and care for his wounds. McKillip said Churchill is adjusting well in his new surroundings and will remain with the foster family for several months as he heals.
"He's definitely been through the ringer for his young age, but he's a sweetheart; a super great cat," McKillip said. "For everything he's been through, he has every right to hate mankind. But he doesn't."
The incident with Churchill is among several unusual animal abuse cases in Reading, including Miracle Maisy, a cat found doused in gasoline and thrown alive into a trash bag in the 500 block of North Front Street on April 4; and Lady Luck the Chihuahua found in a trash can in the 1000 block of Penn Street on Wednesday.
McKillip said humane officers are investigating the case of Churchill, interviewing potential witnesses in the neighborhood.
"We'll do everything we can to stop (abuse), but somebody has to speak up," McKillip said. "Every time when you think you've seen it all, you're wrong."
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