LONG BEACH—A cat burned alive was found in Long Beach on February 20 at about 11:15 a.m., according to a press release. The cat, which was discovered in a walkway on the 1100 block of Daisy Avenue, was severely burned and needed immediate medical care.

When police arrived at the scene, they found the cat’s fur was still smoldering, and rushed it to a veterinary hospital. Due to the animal’s pain and suffering, veterinarians were forced to euthanize it.

After fully examining the cat, officials determined it to be a young adult of about one to two years of age with severe burns. The cat was described as mostly black and gray, with a black tail, white hind paws and a white patch on its face. However, veterinarians could not determine the time the attack occurred.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM-V), animal cruelty can be a symptom of a conduct disorder, which causes behavior that violates the natural rights of others. Those who are cruel to animals are likely to also harm humans and continue to commit malicious acts if not stopped.

This is why The Long Beach Animal Services and Long Beach Police Department are working together to not only solve this crime, but to also raise awareness of the seriousness of this type of act. Punishment for animal cruelty can be up to $20,000 in fines and up to one year of jail time.

Police are asking that anyone with information about this case contact LBPD Violent Crimes Detective David Ternullo at (562) 570-7657, or visitwww.longbeach.gov/police or www.tipsoft.com to give information online.

Additionally, the LBPD asks that any other cases of animal cruelty or neglect be reported to Animal Care Services at (562) 570-7387 or 911.