A 19-year-old from Indiana was accused of animal cruelty after admitting he poured gasoline on a cat and set her on fire.
Noah Riley was arrested thursday night after the burned cat was found bound by a rope Wednesday in a cornfield around the Crawfordsville Municipal Airport.
Steve Wright – a retired firefighter – was watching TV when he saw a flame in the field. When he headed there he found a cat drenched in gasoline. He attached a firecracker on her back, fortunately for her, the firecracker didn’t go off.
The cat is at Purdue Animal Hospital for an extensive recovery.
“Her ears are shriveled. Her fur is gone down to the skin. She landed in a mud puddle. So I think that slowed down the fire or at least dampened her fur which caused the only flames to be gasoline so all the fur is mostly cinched,” said Misha Anderson, director of the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County.
Anyone interested to help this cat can do it here. Wright wants to adopt the cat when she will recover.
“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!” the group wrote on its Facebook page.
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