Reward offered in animal torture

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – Animal-rights activists People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has offered up to $5,000 for information in the killing of a Taylor family’s pet cat.

Earlier this month, Zsa Zsa, a 3-year-old cat, was found tied and strangled near Pennsylvania and Inkster roads.

PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien said in a statement the cat had been, “tortured, choked and killed.” The agency has asked anyone with information to contact PETA, Taylor Police or Crime Stoppers at 800-SPEAK-UP.

“PETA is urging anyone information about this case to come forward now before someone else gets hurt,” O’Brien said.

Zsa Zsa had been known to roam the property near her owners’ home near The Ponds apartment complex. The cat did not return after being out all night Dec. 15, and was discovered – tied to a tree limb – by the family the next day.

City police responded to and are investigating the incident but have yet to make any arrests.

While announcing the reward offer, PETA stressed the importance of keeping pet cats indoors as much as possible. Untended animals are vulnerable to abuse, theft and contracting communicable diseases.

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