PSPCA Needs Help Identifying Suspects in Cat Set on Fire, $2000 Reward Offered

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PSPCA Needs Help Identifying Suspects in Cat Set on Fire, $2000 Reward Offered

Like Justin, earlier this year, another Philadelphia cat is in veterinary care and the PSPCA is offering a reward for the tormenters, after the defenseless animal was doused with an accelerant and lit on fire.

Campbell-Website-225x300November 11, 2013 — The Pennsylvania SPCA is looking for help from the community identifying two men wanted for questioning in the case of a cat set on fire in the vicinity of 3rd and Wellens Ave. in the Olney section of Philadelphia on Sunday, November 10th.

An eyewitness saw a cat in flames running down 3rd St. towards Wellens Ave. at approximately 9:25am Sunday. She saw two men at the intersection and heard one of the men saying, “I put a lot of fluid on it.” The two men were described as a tall, thin, black or Latino male in his early to mid-twenties wearing a red hoodie and a short, stocky, black or Latino male in his early to mid-twenties wearing a grey hoodie.

Shortly after the eyewitness met these men, a local store surveillance camera captured two men matching her description. Anyone who recognizes the individuals in the tape is encouraged to call the Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement team at 866-601-SPCA. A $2000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for this cruel act.

The male cat was found in front of 331 W. Welens Ave. It suffered severe burns and is being treated at the PSPCA shelter hospital. The cat was microchipped, and the owner was identified as a family living about 10 blocks away who had reported their cat missing in the late summer.

Please take a look at the store surveillance video [seen below] to see if you recognize either men and share it with your friends and family. You might not know who they are, but a friend of a friend might recognize them.


Campbell the cat’s owner Madelyn Rivera spoke with an NBC10 news crew about the experience of getting a phone call telling her that her missing cat had been found, only to learn he had been the victim of terrible cruelty. Ms. Rivera adopted Campbell from the SPCA and reported him missing when he disappeared last summer. His microchip led back to her when he was brought in for veterinary care after he was doused with accelerant and set on fire. Ms. Rivera signed Campbell back over to the PSPCA so he could get the extensive treatment he needs for his burn injuries. She may be able to re-adopt him when he is healed and available.

Campbell is expected to recover from his injuries.




A news report discusses both Campbell’s condition and the crime:

Surveillance video of the two men being sought in the animal cruelty incident. The video does NOT show the cat or the crime; just the suspects.



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