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UPDATE: Cat Tied Up & Set on Fire; Teen in Jail

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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, in Montgomery County, Indiana, reports a 19-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after officials found a cat that had been tied up, covered in gasoline and set on fire.

“Why would somebody hurt animals to begin with?” said Ethan York, who found the cat along with his friend, retired firefighter Steven Wright. They were watching TV and saw a bright flame across the cornfields. The cat had been saturated in gasoline, hog tied and set on fire with a firecracker. York and Wright immediately called animal control, who took the cat (who was lucky to be alive) to Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County.

That’s when Director Misha Anderson made a deal with the injured kitty. She told her:

“If you make until morning, we’ll fight the fight with you.”

Animal Welfare League posted about the injured cat on their Facebook page asking for information.

Reaching out for the community’s help . Last night this girl was tied up with rope covered in gas and set of fire. She is fighting for her life as we speak . Here’s how you can help. There were witnesses to this horrible act . We are looking for someone that drives a smaller suv type vehicle silver in color but has front end fenders that are very dark may be black . We also will be starting to raise funds to cover her icu stay

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Noah Riley, age 19, saw posts about the cat on social media, and decided to come forward. He admitted to his involvement in the case, and was arrested on two counts of animal cruelty. As of now, Riley is in jail and being held on $1,000 cash bond.

Deputies said another juvenile was also interviewed in connection with the case. If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call Deputy Minor or Deputy Kirby at 765-362-3740.

To help with the cat’s medical bills, people can donate money to the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County or donate on their website at www.mcawl.com.

UPDATE: The cat, nicknamed Phoenix, has passed away. “It is with a heavy heart and a lot of tears I tell you our baby girl got her wings. Fly high Phoenix,” the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County wrote on Facebook just after 9 p.m. Sunday. Over the weekend, she was stable and then by Sunday night she was in respiratory distress.

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Noah Riley is still in jail in connection with the death of Phoenix. Anyone with information or wanting justice for Phoenix, contact:

Joseph Buser County Prosecutor

100 E Main St.

Crawfordsville, IN 47933

phone: 765-364-6470

email: prosecutor@montgomerycounty.in.gov

 

22 Comments

22 Comments

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  2. Bobby

    Jan 13, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Hen he came forward, was it a brag or shame. What is in the mind of someone who could do this.

  3. Marilyn Kruse

    Jan 13, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    19 is NOT a BOY! It is a MAN! Punish them as such! This cruelty fora living thing MUST BE STOPPED!!!!! You ought to fry these abuser’s foot and see if they think it is funny, then!!!

  4. Sandra J. Gander

    Jan 13, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    How “sick”, truly mentally ill is this person. He requires confinement and treatment – he is a danger to not only animals, but other people as well as he lacks basic elements that define what being a “human being” is!

  5. Marilyn Kruse

    Jan 13, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Please keep us updated on this kitty’s status and what punishment was doled out to those participants of this horrible abuse. Thank you to you rescuers and helpers 🙂

  6. Jo Wilson

    Jan 13, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    What this kid did is disgusting and personally his punishment couldn’t be harsh enough for me, however everyone knows how painful burns are WHY WOULD YOU PUT THIS POOR CAT THROUGH ANYMORE PAIN!!!!!! I WONDER SOMETIMES ABOUT PEOPLE TRYING TO ‘SAVE” AN ANIMAL LIKE THIS….IS IT THEIR OWN EGO? THERE ARE WORSE THINGS THAN DEATH AND SUFFERING THROUGH THE TREATMENT OF THESE KIND OF BURNS WOULD BE HORRIFIC…..YOU ….SO CALLED DO GOODERS ARE WORSE THAN THE PERSON THAT DID THIS DREADFUL THING.

    • Maxine

      Jan 17, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Calling animal rescuers “do gooders who are worse than the person that did this?” Are you whack? The animal was being cared treated with the utmost care and on pain killers and euthanized as a last resort. This wasn’t about ego, it was about trying to save a life. I’ve been in animal rescue for years and helped animals who had every right to a second chance and despite pain, were willing to fight. How dare to criticize what apparently you know nothing about.

  7. Ann Burkes

    Jan 14, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Why such a low bail for such a cruel act? He needs to stay in jail. He is old enough to know what he did was evil.

  8. Teresa

    Jan 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Do the same to the demons!

  9. Blaine Wills

    Jan 14, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    SAD , This guy is a Man , try him as such , next time it might be a child if he keeps on , I just donated some money to hopfully help the poor cat , I pray she pulls through and finds her owners , or at least a forever home

  10. Bilbo

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Hang him or lock him away for life without parole.

  11. Z

    Jan 15, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    This man is a man NOT a boy…..try the man as such! And only a mere $1000 bond?! Should have been charged for not only cruelty to animals but attempted murder! Bond should be a million dollars!

  12. TERESA

    Jan 16, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    SET HIS ASS ON FIRE AND SEE HOW HE LIKES IT.

    • kelly ballos

      Sep 8, 2018 at 9:08 am

      yeah they should do the same thing to him that he did to the cat

  13. Jupiter

    Jan 17, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Remember to email the prosecutor and remind him that he will do this to person once he gets out.

  14. terry

    Jan 17, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    First of all, 19 is not a boy. She smirk on his face does not like like a lot of regret. RIP Phoenix. He is a danger to society! Makes me sick.

  15. Patricia Fasnacht

    Apr 5, 2017 at 2:16 am

    What a horrible crime. His girlfriend was with him, too. Both should be held accountable. Yesterday was the court date. Does anybody know what happened?

  16. joe

    Jul 7, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    This man is a danger to society and other people. He should either spend the rest of his pathetic life in prison, or be euthanized.

  17. Concerned Citizen

    Jul 8, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I think he should spend time in prison to contemplate his crime of malicious animal cruelty. This is a psychopathic behavior and could grow if left unpunished, he is set an animal on fire because he didn’t care about what would happen to it. He had no compassion. Maybe he will care what happens to himself at least. If he feels there are not real repercussions for such actions, in all likelihood they will occur at his hands again. Maybe he will decided animals aren’t exciting enough to torment and move on more exciting prey. At least if he has to spend some time in jail he may stop and avoid such actions out of a sense of self interest if he realizes he will do jail time.

  18. Carol Brandt

    Aug 10, 2017 at 2:22 am

    What eventually happened in this case? Nothing, I imagine, but I pray not.

  19. A Wood

    Aug 28, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Poor Phoenix, run free little one. As for the excuse for a human being, shame on you. Mummy & Daddy must be so proud of their offspring.

  20. Michael

    Sep 4, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    The sick bastard should at least get 5 years in prison. God knows what he did. Karma is a bitch.

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