Reward offered to find person who set cat on fire

by: Craig Lucie Updated:


FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. - Union City police are trying to find the person who doused a cat in lighter fluid and set it on fire.

The cat is being cared for by the VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital in Peachtree City.

“The fact that he’s so friendly made him available to have a flammable liquid poured on him,” explained Jan Abbott with the Fayette County Humane Society.

The Atlanta Humane Society is now offering a $2,500 reward to help find the person who lit the cat, named Grayson, on fire.

Dr. Julie Baker has been treating Grayson since the beginning of the month.  Baker told Channel 2’s Craig Lucie she’s never seen this kind of animal cruelty and worries about the pets that people don’t try and rescue.

“There’s no telling how many animals we don’t see that are in trouble and that don’t make it to the clinic,” Baker said.

Baker expects Grayson to make a full recovery, but right now he’s just in desperate need of a new, loving home.

“As far as the skin, it should continue to heal. The possibility of a skin graft will probably not be needed because he’s doing so well,” Baker said.

The person who reported the cat attack to police and the humane society is so afraid of retaliation that they have asked us not to show the apartment complex where it happened. She has already received threats.

“I always wonder why. Why do people do these things?” Abbott said.

A retired vet technician in Maine heard about Grayson, and has expressed interest in adopting him.

The Fayette County Humane Society is asking for donations to help with the cost of his vet bills and you can donate by visiting the Fayette Humane Society's website.