A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a person who officials said spray-painted a cat's eyes shut.
According to the Animal Protection and Rescue League, an employee at the San Diego City Attorney's office was leaving for work Wednesday morning when she discovered the spray-painted cat.
The lawyer, Kim Urie, said she was in the alley between Valle and Martin avenues near Memorial Community Park around 7:30 a.m. when she spotted the cat against a wall.
"I was out with my dogs," Urie said. "I saw something wrong with the eyes. They were painted shut."
A can of spray paint was next to the animal, Urie said. She took the cat and the spray paint to work with her and called the county Department of Animal Services.
Animal Services director Dawn Danielson said officers with her agency picked up the cat around 1 p.m. from the City Attorney's Office.
"This sickening act of animal cruelty must be addressed on two levels. First, we must bring the person who committed this crime to justice," Kath Rogers of the APRL said in a press release. "Second, we must address the cause of the problem, which is that thousands of unwanted animals roam the streets every year when we do not spay and neuter our cats and dogs."
The APRL is offering a $500 reward in the case. You can contact them at 619-236-4250 or visit www.APRL.org
Additionally, the San Diego Animal Advocates announced Thursday a reward offer of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction for whoever was responsible for the abuse.
"The kitten is resting comfortably and ate ravenously, which is a good sign," said Danielson.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Department of Animal Services tip line at 619-767-2740.
General donations will be accepted, but officials at the shelter said they would respectfully decline donations in this specific case.
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