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Officials searching for person responsible for cutting ears off cat

APL: Other animals have been abused same area
Posted at 6:04 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 18:12:14-04

CLEVELAND — It is a disturbing case of animal cruelty. A cat was found wondering on the west side of Cleveland with his ears mutilated.

The shelter named him Sargent and his recovery is going well.

But, who committed this crime remains a mystery.

“The injuries were pretty significant, and we don’t believe it happened quick to Sargent,” said Chief Humane Investigator Joe Dell’Anno.

The Cleveland Animal Protective League has a team of investigators working to try and figure out who is responsible.

“Under Ohio law we have the authority to appoint police agents, who have full police power to enforce Ohio animal protection laws,” said Sharon Harvey President and CEO of the Cleveland APL.

Sargent was found in the area of West 105th Street and Western Avenue with his ears dangling, mutilated by scissors.

“There have been other incidents in the area that we have gone to and investigated so we are interested in detailed information,” said Harvey.

A $500 reward is being offered for information about who committed this crime.

“It’s pretty rough. I’m not going to say that it hasn’t kept me up a couple of times,” said Dell’Anno.

Anyone with information is asked to call the APL Humane Investigations Hotline at 216-377-1630.

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