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Case ID: 19434
Classification: Other
Animal: cat
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Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012

Disposition: Open
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Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

A cat apparently deliberately frozen within a big block of ice has been discovered in Dawson Creek, B.C., the SPCA announced Wednesday.

The discovery comes just over a year after a dog was found similarly encased within block of ice in the same neighborhood.

The ice block containing the cat was found Tuesday, sitting atop a BC Hydro box at the Mile Zero Trailer Park. The cat appeared to have been placed inside a large rubber bin filled with water, then frozen and the ice removed.

The disturbing act looks to be a repeat of an incident from January 2011, in the same neighborhood.

"The ice block ... was left at the side of the road just a few doors down from where the corpse of a medium-size black dog was found frozen inside a similar block of ice last year," said Marcie Moriarty of B.C SPCA's cruelty investigations.

"The similarities are too close to be a coincidence. It's either a copycat, which is very sick, or it's the same individual."

The dog's necropsy showed the animal was already dead when it was frozen, Moriarty said.

Back then, the SPCA had allowed for the possibility someone had put a dead dog in a bin, forgotten about it and rain filled the bin, which later froze.

Still, the way both animals were removed from the bins and placed out in the open while still encased in ice, was suspicious, Moriarty said.

The B.C. SPCA secured evidence from the site and was waiting for the cat to thaw before performing a necropsy to determined the cause of death and whether the cat was treated cruelly.

"In of itself, taking an animal that has already died, freezing it and putting it on display is not necessarily a criminal offense but it is a sick and disturbing thing to do," Moriarty said. "Still, I'd have serious concerns about animals whoever did this is in contact with."

B.C. SPCA animal cruelty investigators are asking the public's help to solve the case.

"Unfortunately no one came forward with information regarding last year's case but we are hoping that someone in Dawson Creek knows something that will help us identify the individual responsible in this new incident so that we can seek justice and ensure that a sickening crime like this does not happen again," Moriarty said.

A cash reward has been offered for information leading to charges being laid in the case.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the South Peace SPCA Branch at 250-782-2444.

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