Reward Issued for Info on Animal Abuser

Cat beaten and nailed to utility pole, dies

By Matt Bartosik
|  Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010  |  Updated 3:15 PM CDT
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This isn't the cat, but this one looks like it might have just cheated death.

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It is a wonder how some people can sleep at night.

On Monday, April 5, Andrea Bristol of Geneseo was driving to work when she saw a gray cat hanging from a utility pole. The abused animal had been nailed to the pole through one of its hind paws, reports WBBM NewsRadio.

It is uncertain how long the cat had been hanging there.

Against the odds, the cat was still alive. Bristol immediately called Henry County police.

The severely beaten cat was taken to the Miller Veterinary Service in Atkinson. A few locals recognized the cat as a stray that a local woman used to feed regularly until she passed away recently.

The cat, nicknamed "Dutch" (as he was found near Dutch Bottom Road), was given a 50-50 chance to live last Wednesday, USA Today said.

Dutch was alert and responded well to volunteers who cared for the animal, giving people hope that he would survive, reports Examiner.com.

Unfortunately, Dutch died from serious brain injuries Wednesday night.

The Henry County Crime Stoppers and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) are offering $1000 and $2500 rewards, respectively, for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the cat's torture.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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