Reward offered for information in cat burning case

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:55:31 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 04 2013 06:50:36 PM CDT

The Houston SPCA is looking for the person(s) responsible for setting a stray cat on fire in north Houston.

Officials said they were called to the 900 block of Dewalt after a woman said the stray cat she'd been feeding showed up at her doorstep Thursday severely burned.

"You can tell she was in severe pain," Joann Armstead said.  "I just tried to hurry up and get her some help.  No animal or person deserves to be hurt."

The cat, who has since been named Emilia, was picked up by the SPCA's 24 Hour Stray Injured Animal Ambulance.

"She was very friendly when she came in," Dr. Victoria Cole said.  "But obviously in a lot of pain and pretty uncomfortable."

Both Emilia's whiskers had been singed off and she suffered severe burns on her ears and back.  Doctors said Emilia faces a long road to recovery.

[You can see a full photo of the cat here, but we must warn you that the picture is graphic in nature.]

"Three maybe even six months till she's fully recovered," Dr. Cole said. "And even if that."  
Houston SPCA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact Houston SPCA Field Services Manager Maverick Wagner at 713-869-7722 x175 or by email at