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Case ID: 17011
Classification: Other
Animal: cat
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Friday, Dec 3, 2010

County: Riverside

Disposition: Open
Case Images: 3 files available

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

A 4-year-old gray female tabby is recovering after being bound at the mouth, duct taped and possibly tossed around in a Riverside apartment complex clothes dryer, Riverside County Animal Services said.

A resident in an apartment building in the 3000 block of Watkins Drive near UC Riverside discovered the cat early Friday morning inside of the dryer and immediately called police and notified animal services, said John Welsh, spokesman for county animal services.

The tabby who is a new mother, was nicknamed "Snuggles", and taken to Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter for examination where veterinary members discovered she had suffered a fractured tooth and bleeding inside of her left eye.

Sgt. Jason Sanders of Riverside County Animal Services said it is uncertain if the drier was turned on after the cat was placed inside, but given the cat's injuries, "there is a good chance the drier was turned on when the cat was inside."

"This is an act of a coward," Sanders said. "Who would do something like this to a defenseless animal?"

"I can't imagine what this poor thing must have felt going through that ordeal," he said. "Whoever did this is going to move up and harm other animals--or maybe people."

Riverside County Animal Services Registered Veterinary Technician Eileen Sanders said Snuggles is doing remarkably well despite what she called a "malicious act" against her.

She said Snuggles is drinking and has eaten.

"Her kittens are probably starving to death -- if they haven't already been tortured," Sanders said.

Welsh said officers retrieved one kitten presumed to be one from Snuggles' litter.

"The kitten was crying and crying and once it was placed in the same holding area it stopped," he said. "She's (Snuggles) very friendly and doing well considering the ordeal, we're hoping someone will come forward.

Welsh said Snuggles is being treated as a stray animal with a presumed owner somewhere in the community, due to her friendly nature.

Welsh said Snuggles will be available for adoption once her injuries heal.

"Right now, we're just glad the cat's OK."

Riverside County Animal Services need help solving this animal cruelty case. Anyone who may have seen anything is asked to call (951) 358-PETS (7387).

The cat is not up for adoption at this time. Anyone interested in adopting her in the future should e-mail shelterinfo@rivcocha.org .

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Animal Services
951-358-7387

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