He was no rat, but he still got whacked.
Authorities are investigating the mob-style killing of a 12-year-old cat, which was found in a Redwood Shores lagoon Wednesday with a 5-pound dumbbell tied to its neck.
Workers with the Redwood City Sewer District found the pet cat swimming with the fishes behind 1 Lagoon Drive, an office park building. They brought him to the Peninsula Humane Society, spokesman Scott Delucchi said, but it was far too late to save the little guy.
He was a tuxedo cat, which means mostly black with a white neck, Delucchi said. It’s estimated he was in the water for two to three days. A dumbbell was attached to his neck with heavy-duty plastic zip-tie fasteners, Delucchi said.
A preliminary examination showed no obvious signs of broken bones or trauma, proving that 5 pounds trumped nine lives for the iced feline.
The cat must have drowned, Delucchi said.
The cat’s front paws were declawed, indicating he was someone’s pet, Delucchi said. He wasn’t wearing a collar and had no identifying microchip, he said.
The humane society initially offered a $1,000 reward for the capture and conviction of the cold-blooded hitman or hitmen, and on Thursday it was increased to $2,250 after a local resident chipped in $250 and the owner of the Swinging Door Pub in San Mateo pledged $1,000.
Delucchi said the humane society is searching for the cat’s owner, looking through reports of lost felines and checking Craiglist for leads. Nothing has come up, he said Thursday.
There is a possibility the cat’s owner knocked off their pet because they couldn’t afford to take him to a veterinarian, Delucchi said.
When the killer is pinched, the case will be forwarded to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
While some animal-cruelty cases are charged as misdemeanors, this one clearly shows intent to harm and is considered a felony, Delucchi said.
Any stool pigeon with information about the crime is urged to call the humane society at (650) 340-8200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.