Crime

A cat was killed in Cambridge in a ‘particularly disturbing’ case. It may not be an isolated incident.

"We’re devastated, and we cannot believe that something like this could happen to our cat."

A young male cat was shot with a BB gun over 10 times and left to die with its hind legs taped together in Cambridge last Thursday in what officials are calling a “particularly disturbing” case of animal cruelty.

The black and white cat, named Gosha, was found beneath a car by the city’s animal control officer. Authorities had been called to the intersection of Hurley and Sciarappa streets around 8 a.m. for a report of a cat crying, according to MSPCA-Angell in a press release.

Unfortunately, Gosha had already died from his injuries.

This isn’t the first time a cat has been harmed in Cambridge, and MSPCA officials said Tuesday that Gosha’s case could be linked to two others with “striking similarities.”

Gosha was brought to the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, and a necropsy was performed. Dr. Pam Mouser, a pathologist, found that not only was much of Gosha’s fur missing, but his face and body were covered in wounds caused by a BB gun. Eleven BBs were removed from Gosha’s body; one had punctured a lung, causing his death, officials said.

Gosha had disappeared from in front of his owners’ Cambridge home just two days before he was found. Francisco Rosales and his wife thought something was wrong and began posting flyers around their East Cambridge neighborhood, according to the MSPCA.

“We’re devastated, and we cannot believe that something like this could happen to our cat, and our fear is that whoever killed Gosha could do this to someone else’s pet,” Rosales said in the release. “We urge anyone who may have information about who did this to please call the investigators.”

In one of the other two cases, a female cat was let out by her owner late on March 3. When the cat returned home around 8:30 a.m. the next day, she had “multiple BB gunshot wounds across her left side,” according to the MSPCA. A third cat, Buddy, went missing early this month, and when he returned home last Wednesday, he reportedly had been burned.

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Gosha had a chemical or thermal burn, the organization said. The cat from the March incident had some of the BBs removed, but veterinarians were unable to take all of them out. That cat is now home with her family. Both she and Gosha had collars when they went missing, and both their collars had been removed when they were found.

Anyone with information is asked to call MSPCA Law Enforcement at 800-628-5808 or Cambridge police at 617-349-3300. The MSPCA is offering a reward of $2,500 for information that leads to a conviction in Gosha’s case.

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