Rashad Gober, 31, of Cambridge, has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty for incidents between March and May of 2021.
On May 6, an Animal Control Officer with the Cambridge Animal Commission responded to a call of an animal crying underneath a car. Upon arrival, authorities found a cat, named "Gosha," that had already died. It had been shot multiple times with a BB gun and its hind legs were bound with masking tape.
During an investigation, two additional cases of animal cruelty were brought to police's attention.
In early March, a cat named "Tammy" was injured by a BB gun. Fortunately, that cat recovered from its injuries. And in early May, another cat named "Buddy" was found suffering from chemical burns, but also managed to recover from its injuries.
According to police, Gober claimed to have found Buddy in his backyard and brought the cat into his apartment to give it medical attention. Gober allegedly contacted the owner over social media and returned the cat to her.
Police said they found key evidence in Gober's apartment, car, and phone. He was arrested at his home.
“I commend everyone involved in this investigation—from the Cambridge Police Department, the City of Cambridge Animal Commission and our own law enforcement officers—for their steadfast commitment to uncovering the evidence that led to the arrest of Rashad Gober,” Tom Grenham, director of the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement Division, said.