Cat shoved into hot mailbox dies: Was it a cruel prank?

Owners who went to their mailbox earlier this week in Tallapoosa County, Alabama were devastated to find a dead cat shoved inside of the metal box. The cruel prank occurred along the rural Goodwater Road. It had been the first time the owner had checked his mail in three days.

According to a press release from  Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy David McMichael, investigators have not determined if this was an evil prank of done intentionally.

“The cat tried to claw its way out and it shredded the mail, so that was obvious the cat was put in there alive,” McMichael stated.

Investigators are looking for help identifying the unknown cat and the person(s) responsible for such a heinous crime.

“Preliminary investigation revealed unknown person(s) placed a cat inside a mailbox located on Goodwater Road sometime between Saturday, July 14, 2018 and Monday, July 16, 2018. On Tuesday, July 17th the cat was found dead in the mail box and died of apparent heat exhaustion while in the mailbox.

The cat’s breed is not known – only that it was young and was not wearing a collar.

Investigation is pending and the department is requesting that anyone with information is urged to contact the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department at 256-825-4264 or the Secret Witness Number 256-827-2035 if you wish to remain anonymous. In addition, you may call Central Alabama Crime Stoppers with a possible reward for information at 334-215-7887.”

If found guilty of felony animal cruelty, the responsible person could face up to ten years in prison.

Rest in peace poor kitty.

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15 replies
  1. Marni Montanez says:

    10 years………… right………their going to put someone in jail for 10 years for victimizing a cat. I’ll believe it when I see it. This was a heinous malicious act. To put a cat in a mailbox; especially in the middle of summer is evil and very intentional. That person should get 10 years, but if they are found, they will get a fine or probation. the law is sickening.

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    • Barkley's Mom says:

      They will probably get a harsher sentence for tampering with the mail then killing the poor cat. We all know they will get what most get, the proverbial “slap on the wrist”.

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  2. Nadya Rossi says:

    If the police cared, they’d be taking fingerprints. But, animal suffering doesn’t matter much in the deep South. “Rest in peace?” That poor kitten died in agony. Someone must pay!!!

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  3. Adrienne says:

    OMG, poor cat trying to get out of that box and couldn’t. If the owners of the box had at least gone out there 3 days earlier, they may have been able to save this poor cat. What scum,non-humans to have done this to this cat thinking it was a prank. Didn’t anyone hear the cat scratching the mail inside the box when they got their mail? Hope they catch these cretins and do the same to these vile things. RIP kitty. Hope and pray there is justice for you.

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  4. Melissa Gurley says:

    Very sick person did this to this young cat if you know something please say something be a voice for this poor cat before it happens again makes me sick that this poor cat tried to claw it’s way out its just very sickening with all this abuse that’s inflicted on these poot animals and all they want is love I hope karma catches up to the person who did this in a big way

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  5. Jan Barnes says:

    Absolutely tragic! Not their fault but wish the owners had checked their mail earlier. Poor sweet innocent little kitty!

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  6. Bunny Peters says:

    OMG: that poor kitten….. WTF is wrong with people??? It would never cross my mind to do something like this…… I just don’t understand why people would find harming an innocent creature
    entertaining??? ……..This poor precious treasure…….. his life mattered….. I am sick inside…….

    RIP precious treasure……. Your life was stolen from you….. You didn’t deserve to be murdered…… please look for MacKitty in Heaven….. you will be welcome to join his group of snuggle buddies…….. so sorry that you were failed so horribly by humans……..

    Find, prosecute & lock this useless POS up (and lose the keys)……. He should only leave prison in a pine box……..

    That POS who murdered you will burn in Hell forever for his cruelty……. let’s hope he gets there ASAP after suffering a terrible death in pain, alone, afraid and unloved…….

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  7. pennysdachshunds says:

    IS their MAIL CARRIER a MORONIC , Demon , EVIL , Plain STUPID , or JUST ANOTHER ALABAMA ASSHOLE who approves of abuse, and torturing of small animal’s

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  8. Red says:

    I hope the lower than scum monsters who did this are found somehow. This poor kitty suffered a horribly, long and painful death….slowly baking to death. FIND WHO DID THIS AND MAKE THEM PAY!!!

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