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Suspects Sought In Horrific Case Of Cat Set On Fire

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By Jenn Bernstein

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The PSPCA is asking for your help identifying two men who officials believe set a cat on fire Sunday.

They were able to obtain surveillance video that shows two men walking away from the area where the horrific act happened near 3rd Street and Wellens Avenue in the Olney section of the city.

One man is tall, about 200 pounds wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. The other is shorter, also about 200 pounds, wearing a grey hoodie.

A witness saw two men light the cat on fire while holding it, around 9:30 in the morning. The animal was able to break free and ran.

The PSPCA believes an accelerant was put on the innocent animal.

The male animal is recovering right now at their building on East Erie Avenue.

“The cat was burned over 60 percent to 65 percent of its body. It’s going to take a lot to bring this cat back to health, but we believe it is going to survive,” said the PSPCA’s Director of Law Enforcement George Bengal.

“If the public has any information, feel free to give the SPCA a call,” said Bengal.

We’re told the cat was micro-chipped.

The owner was identified as a family living 10 blocks away from where the animal was found, who’d reported the pet missing late summer.

It’s not known yet whether the family will take the cat back when he recovers, or if he will be up for adoption.

Call 866-601-SPCA if you recognize the men in the surveillance video or have tips.

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