Reward grows to find suspect who injured cat with firecracker

Katy P. is in guarded condition after someone lit a firecracker in her rectum. (Photo: Richland County Humane Society)

MANSFIELD, Ohio (WTHR) - Animal rights group PETA is offering a $5,000 reward to those who can help locate the suspect who lit a firecracker inside a cat.

The Richland County Humane Society has been updating the story of "Katy P." on Facebook since Monday. The cat was taken to the vet Monday to be treated for injuries suffered when someone allegedly set off a firecracker in its rectum.

"We don't know who did it, although we wish we did," the humane society wrote on Facebook.

Veterinarians had to amputate Katy's tail on Friday, but her bowel is functioning.

PETA is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for that cat's injuries. The humane society is also offering a $500 reward. Others are also stepping up.

The agency said Katy P. was a "neighborhood cat" at an apartment complex in Mansfield for the past year or so. A commenter on their Facebook post shared a photo of the cat, saying she's a "sweetie, causes no problems and hangs on my porch often."

The cat came out of surgery with a guarded prognosis on Monday and she was still under veterinary care on Tuesday.

The society's board of directors is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of "this sick person/persons."

The humane society listed several ways for the public to donate to Katy P.'s care in their Facebook post.

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