Last Thursday witnesses saw a tall man in a blue shirt lift up a storm drain grate in Olympia, Washington, throw in a cat and then run away. Luckily, the cat managed to tread water for the 45 minutes it took for rescuers to get it out, but scraped all of its claws out trying to escape.
“This was a very, very cruel act; it was a cowardly act,” Erika Johnson of Thurston County Animal Services told KIROTV. “This was apparently mean spirited. The intent was to kill the animal because there’s no way out of that.”
The cat is recovering well and is available for adoption. The Olympia Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward to catch the man responsible and is asking anyone with any information to contact Animal Services.