LC Crime Stoppers looking for info on animal cruelty case
Las Cruces, NM (KTSM) — Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is once again asking for the community's assistance in identifying the person or persons who set fire to a cat in Las Cruces last October.
The cat, a domestic short hair named Rosie, died as a result of the injuries she sustained.
Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $1,000 and at least another $600 was deposited into the bank account for information that helps identify the persons who set fire to Rosie. The account for Rosie was set up at US Bank in Las Cruces.
An Animal Control Officer was dispatched to an apartment complex at 2250 Missouri Ave.just after 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15th. Upon arrival, the officer found a white and orange cat with severe burn marks and near death.
The cat was transported to the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley where, because of the severity of her injuries, she had to be humanely euthanized.
Officers learned that Rosie had been missing from her owner’s home since Friday, Oct. 11.
A couple who saw Rosie on fire on the evening of Oct. 15 sprayed water on the cat to extinguish the flames. The couple told Animal Control officers that they heard laughter coming from the direction the cat had run. The laughter was said to sound like coming from men or boys.
Anyone with information that can help identify the suspect or suspects who set fire to the cat is asked to contact Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send a tip via text message to CRIMES (274637), keyword LCTIPS.
The Crime Stoppers number and text messaging services are operational 24 hours a day and you do not have to give your name to collect a reward.