In Montgomery County, Indiana, a 19-year-old surrendered to authorities on Thursday after admitting to pouring gasoline on a cat and setting her on fire. Police arrested Noah Riley on charges of animal cruelty.
The cat was discovered on Wednesday evening after having been hogtied tied by a rope near the Crawfordsville Municipal Airport after retired retired firefighter, Steve Wright noticed a flame shoot up from the field and quickly went to the area to investigate. Wright and neighbor Ethan York found the female cat drenched in gasoline. A firecracker laid on top of the bound cat; it had not exploded.
The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County are caring for the cat. On the organization’s Facebook page, Misha Anderson, the director of the AWL put out an initial plea on Thursday morning to help find the culprit responsible for such a heinous act:
“Reaching out for the community’s help . Last night this girl was tied up with rope covered in gas and set of fire. She is fighting for her life as we speak. Here’s how you can help. There were witnesses to this horrible act . We are looking for someone that drives a smaller suv type vehicle silver in color but has front end fenders that are very dark may be black . We also will be starting to raise funds to cover her icu stay.”
According to Fox59News, Riley told police he had seen several media posts concerning the cat and wanted to “get the issue resolved.” A juvenile was also arrested in the case of pouring gasoline on the cat. Riley has been charged with one count of animal cruelty, a Level 6 Felony, and one count of animal cruelty, a Class A Misdemeanor.
As for the sweet cat, it is believed she survived because landed in a mud puddle which seemed to have slowed down the fire or at the very least dampened her fur.
“Her ears are shriveled. Her fur is gone down to the skin…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 posted on Facebook.
A neighbor has already offered to adopt the cat. To help with her medical expenses, please click here.
(Photo of suspect admitting to pouring gasoline on cat courtesy of AWL MC and booking photo)
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