Cat found nailed to post

April 8th, 2010 by

ATKINSON, Illinois – Authorities need help to solve an animal abuse case in Henry County. The case involves a tortured cat who was left for dead on a rural road. The shocking details are sparking an emotional response.

It is the face of animal abuse – a striped male short-haired cat suffering from brain swelling and other injuries. At this point, veterinarians give him about a 50-50 chance for survival.

“Breaks your heart,” said Dr. Dana Miller, who is giving the cat hands-on care. “You just wonder why.”

Andrea Bristol found the cat hanging from a utility pole in rural Geneseo on Monday evening on her way home from work A day after Easter, Bristol said his paw was nailed to the pole. Blood was visible there nearly a day later.

“It made me sick to my stomach,” Bristol said. “I immediately got very upset. I just couldn’t believe that someone could do such a thing.”

Bristol stepped into action. She called authorities and helped to rescue the cat.

“It hardly moved at all,” she recalled. “It was in really rough shape. It looked like its head had been beaten up before it got nailed to the pole. It was hardly breathing.”

Residents remembered the cat as an inseparable pal with a neighbor who recently passed away. Another neighbor, Lester Forbes, continued to feed it.

“It’s so cruel,” Forbes said. “We’re supposed to take care of our animals, not abuse them.”

Veterinarians said the next 24 hours will be critical for the cat. If he survives, the cat will likely go to the Henry County Humane Society, where it will receive loving care before being placed in a new home.

A close look at the innocent animal is sure to spark emotions over the case. Investigators said they are hoping now to discover answers.

“I do hope they catch whoever did it,” Miller said. “It’s a senseless crime.”

Henry County Crime Stoppers is asking for any information. Tipsters can call anonymously at 1-800-227-2324 or 309-937-2324. If the tip leads to an arrest, the tipster will be considered for a cash reward.

“I hope they can find them and pay to the full extent,” Bristol concluded. “Get punished for it.”


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