An $18,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for setting off a firecracker inside the rear end of a cat named Katy P on July 9.
The feline underwent emergency surgery and was listed in serious condition for several days, but she is now recovering at the Humane Society of Richland County.
The incident happened near the Pine Bridge Apartment Complex, 135 East Cook Road. The cat was a neighborhood stray that had been living in the area for the past year, according to comments on Facebook.
"We have no words. We need all your good thoughts and vibes for her. We aren't sure if she will make it, it depends on the extent of the damage," a post read on the humane society's Facebook page.
Initially, a $5,000 reward was offered by the humane society and an additional $1,500 was raised by community members. The total amount has now reached $18,000 due to donations from the Animal Welfare and Defense League, PETA and other private donors.
Anyone wanting to make donations can do so by visiting the Humane Society of Richland County website.