Chico police said Saturday night that a cat who was injured on January 2 and suspected of being the victim of abuse by its owner, was actually hit by a car.
Police say they answered a call that day in North Chico about a cat that was allegedly intentionally crippled. Police say the cat had a serious tail injury and was “freed from the glove”, which police say had peeled off the skin on the cat’s tail.
According to the police, the tail was found on the pillow next to the residence. And the owner took his cat to the vet where he was treated and is still recovering from the injury.
Police said that from that moment on they actively investigated the case as a possible animal abuse case, and collected evidence including traces of blood and video surveillance from neighboring residents.
Chico police say it is evidence that enabled its investigators to determine that an accident occurred and was not a deliberate act.
Police say surveillance from a neighboring security camera showed the cat matching the description of the victim cat, apparently being hit by a passing vehicle. Police say the video shows the cat running towards a neighboring house and a blood trail was found that corresponded to the cat’s movement after it was hit by a car.
Police say that the pillow owner had kept outside his house where the cat’s tail was found and was not out of place.
It was also determined that the pillow on which the cat’s tail was found was a pillow that the owner had placed outside his residence and was not out of place.
Police say they believe the cat ended up on her own tail after suffering an injury to her tail, which was barely attached by the time she lay on the pillow.
Police also say that the original veterinarian who treated the cat agreed that the injuries were consistent with being hit by a car.
Chico police say they take crimes against animals very seriously and added that even though the incident was accidental, it did not reduce the concern felt by the owner.
“We wish the family pet a full recovery as it recovers from this traumatic injury,” the department said in its press release.