CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The MSPCA-Angell Law Enforcement Dept. is offering a $2,500 reward to anyone who identifies the person responsible for binding and shooting a cat.
The cat, Gosha, was reported as a young male cat was found dead near the intersection of Hurley and Sciarappa Street around 8 a.m. Thursday.
The cat was brought to the Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain where an autopsy was performed.
Gosha was missing a large portion of hair and had BB gunshot wounds across its face and body.
“This case is a particularly disturbing as the cat was not only shot numerous times, but was also purposefully bound with tape and ultimately left to die from his injuries,” Dr. Mouser from the MSPCA said.
The owners of Gosha, Francisco Rosales, stated that he sensed that when he disappeared something was wrong.
“We’re devastated, and we cannot believe that something like this could happen to our cat, and our fear is that whoever killed Gosha could do this to someone else’s pet,” said Rosales. “We urge anyone who may have information about who did this to please call the investigators.”
In the state of Massachusetts, animal cruelty can result in up to seven years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000. The MSPCA reported that there have been three incidents of cat cruelty in the Cambridge area within the last two weeks.
.The Cambridge Animal Commission has encouraged any cat owners in the area to keep their pets indoors throughout the investigation.
Anyone with information is urged to call the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement phone number at 800-628-5808 or the Cambridge Police Dept. at 617-349-3300.