Three black cats burned during suspected animal cruelty in Norfolk

Burned black cat
Posted at 11:17 AM, Dec 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-02 16:06:41-05

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NORFOLK, Va - Three black cats were found with severe burns on 41st street in Highland Park in Norfolk.

A local rescue organization, Feral Affairs Network, found the cats and helped get them medical attention. The cats are part of a feral colony that lives in the area.

"We hate to see any animals injured especially with such a severe injury like this that could potentially be caused by a person, that is really scary and very sad,” Cassandra Prasanna with Feral Affairs Network said.

A vet with Dog & Cat Hospital in Norfolk told News 3 they believe the burns were malicious.

The first incident happened in March, the second on October 31, and the third November 8. The cat, named Dolores, from the October 31 incident is still receiving medical care for her burns.

“We were wondering if there was a pattern and somebody was targeting black cats specifically,” Presanna said.

A case has been opened by Norfolk Animal Control. Anyone with information is asked to contact Animal Control at 757-823-4479.

“This is shocking and scary to be happening on our street, we want to make sure that cats are safe, and whoever might be doing something like this is caught,” Presanna said.

If you're interested in donating to Dolores' care, more information can be found here.