Police investigating after cat found doused in gasoline in Freeland

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 4:47 PM EDT
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FREELAND, Mich. (WJRT) - Gerri Wazny is moved to tears thinking back to how Milo, a neighborhood cat her family had been looking after for past two years, showed up to her home in Freeland late Thursday.

”I’m super emotional about it. But it’s just terrifying. I just can’t believe that somebody would do something like that,” she said.

Someone apparently doused the cat in gasoline.

“The gasoline was from head to toe. There wasn’t a dry spot on him,” Wazny said.

She said the orange tabby’s condition had worsened the following day.

“My daughter tried to pet him just to listen soak in water and hair was just coming off in clumps,” Wazny said.

So the family reached out to the Humane Society of Saginaw County for help, who in turn called police.

“Animals are some of the most defenseless beings out there and for somebody to do something this horrendous to a cat was pretty terrible,” said Tittabawasee Township Police Chief Dave Simon.

He said animal abuse can sometimes lead others incidents, including those involving humans, so it’s important to report cases of abuse as soon as possible.

“The sooner that you can call 911 and get law enforcement or the (Saginaw County Animal Care and Control) involved in investigating, it would help us a long ways and investigating and prosecuting these people,” Simon said.

The Humane Society said Milo is eating and receiving treatment. In the meantime, Wazny, who said she already misses seeing the orange tabby around the neighborhood, has a message for the person who hurt him.

“He’s just the sweetest thing ever. And if you had so much of a problem with a stray, you know, being near you, and simply call to have it removed you know that would have been the easiest thing to do,” Wazny said.

The Humane Society of Saginaw County is offering $1,000 reward for the information about the attack on Milo. Call the Humane Society or the Tittabawasee Township Police Department with information.

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