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Police Investigate Cat Cruelty

Posted on Jul 10, 2008 - 9:35 AM
St. Johnsbury, Vermont - July 9, 2008

"She's absolutely the sweetest thing-- she wants to be held," says Karen Powers of the Kingdom Animal Shelter.

Luna the cat craves cuddles. All this love she now gets is a sharp contrast to the difficult life she's led.

"It's all fate that she got found when she did," says Powers. "It could have been a very different outcome a few hours later."

Someone found Luna in a trash bag inside a dumpster at the White Market in St. Johnsbury. They noticed the bag moving and saved her life-- calling the local shelter for help.

"It's hard to think about something like that happening in St J... a small town like this... that someone could find a life that's disposable and do that type of thing," says Kevin Oddy of the Kingdom Animal Shelter.

This little cat has suffered a lot of abuse. She's malnourished-- weighing less then 6 pounds-- even though she's about 10 years old.

"I can't imagine what she's gone through... she eats every meal like it's her last meal," says Powers.

And what shocked the Kingdom Animal Shelter-- they discovered a tattoo on the cat's stomach.

"I can't imagine the pain the cat went through when it was done," says Oddy.

While it's typically difficult to catch animal abusers-- especially after the fact-- police say the tattoo on Luna could be key to catching whoever did this to her.

"I had heard through the grapevine that someone was familiar with someone who does that sort of stuff on animals, so I'm going to chase down that lead along with the animal control officer and see what we can do," explains St. Johnsbury Police Chief Richard Leighton.

Police say if caught the person could face jail time. The Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person.

"I just hope we catch who did this to her and that justice will be served for her sake," says Powers.

"Maybe she's used up her nine lives... I don't think so. I think she's used up eight in her lifetime so far, but I think she has one left to really devote to somebody," says Oddy.

A survivor who still loves life.

The Humane Society is still looking for a home for Luna. Click here if you want to help her.

And police hope to hear from anyone with information on this case. You can contact St. Johnsbury Police at 802-748-2314.

Click here to report animal abuse -- or call 1-877-9-HUMANE.

Kristin Carlson - WCAX News

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