An innocent cat became subject to malicious cruelty after it was discovered tied to a tree, doused in gasoline, and set ablaze. Miraculously, the feline managed to survive the torturous event and now a 19-year-old and unnamed juvenile have been arrested for orchestrating the cat’s sadistic fate.
WTTV reports that retired firefighter, Steve Wright, was watching television when he started to notice flames rising from a cornfield near his Crawfordsville, Indianapolis home. When Wright went to investigate the source, he found the gasoline-drenched cat bound to a tree with a firecracker on top of her, which luckily didn’t go off.
Wright immediately called authorities and the cat was taken to Purdue Animal Hospital for treatment where she will face extensive recovery. The unlikely survival of the cat has been linked to the puddle of mud that she landed in.
“Her ears are shriveled. Her fur is gone down to the skin,” Director of the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County told WTTV before explaining her lucky descent. “She landed in a mud puddle. So I think that slowed down the fire or at least dampened her fur which caused only flames to be gasoline so all the fur is mostly singed.”
This horrific act of animal cruelty started to become well shared on social media, which eventually prompted the perpetrator to come forward. 19-year-old Noah Riley was arrested by deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office after he confessed that he was behind the persecution. According to WTTV’s report, police also arrested a juvenile who took part in the act.
Noah Riley turned himself in as he wanted to “get the issue resolved” after the story began gaining traction online. Steve Wright was tipped off to the cat’s location after a neighbor initially came across the disturbing sight. The retired firefighter’s neighbor is looking to adopt the cat after she undergoes the necessary treatment.
The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County, Indiana set up a fund to help pay for the cat’s extensive recovery. The organization has received numerous donations and wrote a Facebook post to thank those who have helped make this cat’s rehabilitation possible. “Thank you to each and every person who has helped spread the story of our kitty in dire straights,” the organization wrote. “Your words, thoughts, and prayers have helped energize our exhausted staff in this incredibly difficult time. She is a fighter, and we will keep fighting for her!”