Updated: July 27, 2020 10:22 PM
Created: July 27, 2020 05:56 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — “I think if there's a possibility that in this tragedy, maybe this animal will be a catalyst for change to help the cats on the streets,” Rescue Treasures Jennifer Everett said.
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Community members are in shock after "Buttercup" the cat was found severely injured, after what's believed to be fireworks shoved up his backside ultimately leading to his death.
“She took the cat immediately to emergency services and the vet was like there's nothing we can do, the only thing we can do is humanely end this animal's suffering,” Everett said.
Everett said "Buttercup" was found by a colleague in a crate off of Grand Avenue in Rochester. She said with no necropsy done, they can't officially say it was a firework but burn marks and evidence points to it.
“This isn't just an act of hoarding and not feeding or watering or animal abuse,” concerned neighbor Michelle Lezo said. “This is torture, this is a horrific heinous act."
Lezo lives about eight blocks away from where "Buttercup" was found, her cat, Faith, is also a rescue who had her tail cut off and says she couldn't sit back and do nothing.
“I put up a post in some groups that I belong to that I would be willing to donate 300 cash reward to lead to an arrest or to hold whomever accountable,” Lezo said.
She said others pitched in and before you know it the reward jumped to $1,000.
Hoping to get whoever did this arrested and charged so it doesn't happen to another animal in the community.
“The cities, counties, states they need to step up they need to step up and help end this overpopulation of cats is just unbelievable,” Everett said.
Both RPD and Lollypop Farm told News10NBC they can't go into too much detail right now, but there is an active investigation going on with the Humane Law Enforcement Department.
If you have any information you can text 585-642-2141.
To donate in order to increase the reward, contact Michelle at 315-576-8444.
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