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Cat abuse suspect sought

An alarming incident involving a cat was reported to police last week.

Kelowna RCMP say a man came across a teenage male attacking a three-year-old female cat March 14, on Mallach Road.

“The complainant witnessed a teen male violently kicking the cat while he was holding it by the throat and then he was trying to light the cat on fire with a lighter,” says Cst. Kris Clark.

“It sounds extremely violent and the animal was lucky to survive that.”

The suspect is described as in his late teens, standing 5’9 with a slim build. He was wearing a dark hoodie and ripped jeans.

The complainant made arrangements to have the cat taken to an animal hospital.

She has since been named Mandy, named after the on call nurse who took care of her at the Fairfield Animal Hospital.

Cst. Clark says according to witnesses, the suspect seemed high on drugs, with bulging eyes and was not making sense.

Mandy has since been transferred to the Kelowna SPCA and branch manager Suzanne Pugh says she is doing better, but is still timid around humans.

“She’s going to need a bit of love,” says Pugh.

“She has the most spectacular eyes and is a beautiful cat, but is going to need to feel some security from us humans.”

Anyone with more information can call the shelter, or the animal cruelty hotline at 855-622-7722.

Mandy will also be highlighted in the Castanet Pet of the Week video.

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