‘Our baby girl got her wings’ after man set cat on fire

In a heartbreaking announcement on the Facebook page of the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County in Montgomery County, Indiana, on Sunday evening came the sad news of Phoenix, the rescued cat on fire last week:

Animal Welfare League Of Montgomery County Indiana  It is with a heavy heart and alot of tears I tell you our baby girl got her wings . Fly high Phoenix.”noah-riley

The cat dubbed Phoenix was discovered last week in Crawsfordsville cow-tied with a rope, drenched in gasoline, set on fire and with a firecracker lying on top of her which had not ignited. The sweet female cat had been showing signs of recovering, but her condition quickly took a turn for the worse; even as early as Sunday morning, the updates  still looked optimistic. By the evening however, another post indicated Phoenix had been experiencing breathing problems, and veterinarians feared she had a build up of fluid in her lungs indicating a secondary infection. Less than an hour later, Phoenix died.

The cat on fire was rescued on Wednesday after a retired fireman saw a flame shoot out near the community airport. Phoenix was found in critical condition lying in a mud puddle which authorities stated initially saved her life keeping her skin and fur from burning. The next day the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested Noah Riley, 19, after he stated he had been following the media posts about the cat and wanted to “get the issue resolved.”

Riley faces two counts of animal cruelty. Read the previous story here.

Rest in peace Phoenix. We will all help you find justice.

Photo of cat on fire Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County.

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