An arrest has been made in the animal cruelty case in which a Pennsylvania cat was duct-taped from head to toe and dumped. The following is the press release issued by the PSPCA:
Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers have made an arrest in the case of a cat that was found duct-taped from head-to-toe on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, in the 2200 block of Edgley St.
James Davis (left), 19, of the 2100 block of 22nd St., was arrested on the evening of September 26, 2009. He now faces a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty, which carries with it a sentence of up to two years in prison, a fine not less than $1000, the possibility of a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, as well as other related charges.
The cat, affectionately named Sticky by the Pennsylvania SPCA staff, was rescued by a Humane Law Enforcement officer when a woman discovered the cat near the fence in her backyard. Sticky was brought directly to the Pennsylvania SPCAs headquarters, located at 350 E. Erie Ave., where she received a medical evaluation and was found to be in stable condition, although moderately dehydrated. She received intravenous fluids to treat the dehydration and was sedated to remove the duct tape. Once free from the tape, Sticky was able to be further evaluated and found to have no additional medical problems in need of treatment.
Despite claims by a few individuals that they were Stickys rightful owners, no one has been able to prove ownership. The Pennsylvania SPCA received nearly 100 inquiries from people who would like to adopt her. These requests are being reviewed in the order in which they were received to find the best possible home for the cat.
The $2000 reward that was offered by the Pennsylvania SPCA will be distributed to the person or persons who provided critical information to the Humane Law Enforcement team if a conviction is handed down in the case. No court date has been set in this matter.