Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward as they try to find the person who severely burned a kitten found in a Philadelphia neighborhood last week.
A woman recovered the 4- to 5-week-old male kitten on Thursday near McPherson Square in the city's Kensington section. Officials say the animal had suffered burns over more than a third of its body, mostly on its head and back.
The Humane Society of the United States announced the reward on Monday, calling it a “depraved act of cruelty.”
“This is the latest in a disturbing string of animals apparently being intentionally lit on fire,” Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for the HSUS, said in a statement. “This depraved act of cruelty will not be tolerated, and we hope this reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward and help bring the perpetrator to justice.”
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The kitten is being treated at a veterinary hospital and is expected to recover.
The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating.
“This is a horrendous act of cruelty to inflict on a helpless animal,” said George Bengal, Director of Law Enforcement.
Anyone with information should call the Pennsylvania SPCA Anti-Cruelty Hotline 866-601-SPCA.