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Cat set on fire, twice, in Baltimore

burnedcat2An 8-month-old cat deliberately set on fire — twice — by what a witness described as a group of young people was treated for serious burns and is now being montiored at Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter.

The city office of Animal Control received a call from a citizen who said she saw several children throwing rocks and bricks at the cat in the Garrison Avenue neighborhood. The witness said the children then poured liquid on the cat. The witness said she turned away, but when she looked back the cat was burning.

The cat was able to roll and put the flames out, but the children caught it and set it on fire a second time.

Despite her condition the cat, now named Gabrielle, was purring as the BARCS staff evaluated her, according to Jennifer Mead-Brause, executive director of BARCS.

BARCS, using money from its Franky Fund, sent Gabrielle to Everhart Veterinary Hospital for further evaluation.burnedcat

Gabrielle is back resting at the shelter now, and a local animal rescue organization, Recycled Love, has agreed to take over the care of Gabrielle.

This case is being referred to police for further investigation.


Comment from ann devine
Time August 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm

people should spend time with their kids and teach them to use their energy for love not hate. tell them it is a crime to injure any living creature

Comment from Cher
Time August 14, 2009 at 6:01 pm

I just found out recently that just because a cat is purring, it doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s doing it out of pleasure. Studies show that a cat’s purr actually has healing benefits and that sometimes, when a cat is purring, it is because it is in self-healing mode.

“Researchers believe that self-healing is the survival mechanism behind the purr. There is extensive documentation that suggests that low frequencies, at low intensity, are therapeutic. These frequencies can aid bone growth, fracture healing, pain relief, tendon and muscle strength and repair, joint mobility, the reduction of swelling, and the relief of dyspnea, or breathlessness.”

Poor kitty. I hope she’s all better by now and has found a loving forever home where people will protect her from evil doers like the ones that committed this crime. Any updates on this story?

Comment from Amie
Time December 6, 2014 at 8:49 pm

She is adopted and loved beyond measure – in my home.