BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A cat was burned to death in a city alley Monday night.

Meghan McCorkell reports it’s part of an alarming trend.

This is the fourth cat set on fire in the city of Baltimore just this year. Advocates say if the culprits aren’t caught, the violence could escalate.

Investigators say it happened in an alley off South Fulton Avenue.

“It’s sickening. It’s not right,” said one person.

“It was running for its life, probably panicking. I mean, I feel for it,” said a neighbor.

That neighbor was sitting in his backyard when he saw the cat.

“A fireball came running up the alley,” he said. “It looked like a meteorite, it really did.”

Gas cans were found near the animal, which had to be put down. Advocates say it’s vital to catch who did it.

“When a person can do this to an animal, a lot of times they go on to do it to people,” said Debra Rahls, BARCS.

The number of cruelty cases spiked in the past four weeks.

“There are cases of cats that have been drowned, animals that have come in with embedded collars and now this cat that was set on fire,” said Caroline Griffin, Anti-Animal Abuse Commission.

In August, 20-year-old Ethan Weibman was arrested after investigators say he adopted at least five cats, then mutilated and killed them.

Animal advocates recently started a campaign to try and stop crimes like this. Billboards featuring athletes are now up across the city.

“We’re trying to break that mindset that it’s a way to show your manhood,” said Griffin. “That it’s a tough or cool thing to do to hurt a dog or hurt a cat.”

Now they want to find out who killed this cat before they strike again or do something even worse.

Baltimore is the only city in the country to have an anti-animal abuse advisory commission.

The latest cat that was killed appeared to be a house pet. Officials are now warning people not to let their pets out by themselves.

Comments (31)
  1. lisa says:

    I just want whoever did this to burn to death! They arent human, they are evil! Rest in peace beautiful feline soul.

  2. ann slater says:

    When they catch the kids who did this I hope they are caught on fire and left to die.

    1. Georgeanna says:

      You are so right!!!

  3. Laurel says:

    only pathetic wimps bother animals and yep, calling you out as wimps. you are a cruel pos and should not even be walking the face of this earth.

    wow and to the neighbor that saw this fireball, you should of done something to help…oh wait that’s right we are humans so we need to be unkind.

  4. carrie says:

    I hope they find whoever did this. People that abuse and tortune animals are sick, evil and need to be punished.
    Another sad story…rip poor kitty.

  5. Garth Hoxsie-Quinn says:

    I hope the Baltimore City police find these people. THis is uncalled. Maybe it is time to abolish cruel and unusal punishment allowing those who do these things themselves to be punished in the same manner.

  6. Brad says:

    It’s not the cats who are the animals in these cases. I would gladly volunteer to pour gas on the “animals” who find these horrendous acts so entertaining and light them on fire. Let them see how it feels to burn to death. Perhaps that will put an end to this horror.

  7. Gayle Johnson says:

    I am so sick of these stories. You punks want to kill something kill yourself!!!!! You are trash and I am going to pay for you to live in jail because that is where you will end up. We need the same punishment for killing animals as humans!!!! This is just the beging of a psycho path and they will kill again. Baltimore stand up and protect our animals!!!!!!

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  8. Billiam says:

    The very sad part of the punk/thug mentality is that they feel this makes them “a big man on campus.” It makes you look like the punk/thug you are (it doesn’t matter black or white – I’m calling you out). If the punk(s) would be caught, the city will say, “oh, they can be rehabilitated with the property help.” That is a joke as are the punks who did this. The article says “Baltimore is the only city to have an anti-animal abuse advisory;” that figures because Baltimore is the only city that NEEDS one.

    1. Billiam says:

      Sorry for the typo – should be “proper help.”

      1. willie says:

        Billiam you a-hole,……. maybe it was a black Kool cat & like it’s perps.

      2. LOOK OUT, IT'S A TRAP! says:

        don’t fall for it…ignore tr0llz

      3. Barbara Morgan Homberg says:

        No Willie, YOU are the a#^hole. Your just showing that you are not a man, but a stupid, uncaring punk masquerading as a human being. I’d love to catch the little punk thugs who did this. I’d tie them up and pour just enough gas on them to burn, but burn slowly….then lets see how big of a thug they are. Bet they turn into sniveling, crying little a#@holes they are. I’d enjoy watching them slowly burn to death…but maybe I’d stop just before they died and then let them “live” with the pain of their burns till nature took its course. Anyone who can do this to a poor, defenseless animal (who just wants to be loved and cared for, and to give UNCONDITIONAL love) deserves to have the same punishment…before they escalate into doing it to kids and who knows who else.

  9. Cindy says:

    This is one of the reason why I am leveing Baltimore. I never live any where else,
    but here. Action like this I feel a little ashame when I tell poeple that I am
    from baltimore. Its just getting worse.

  10. Fran says:

    Stop wasting money on billboards. These punks don’t understand logic. Give out rewards to people who turn in these criminals. And then sentence them to jail, period. Not probation or community service. Let them serve hard time with criminals who will deal with them the same way.

  11. Leonard says:

    I was afraid when I went to the comments I would see people acting like this is unimportant. It does my heart good to know there are more people who care. I honestly was nausiated when I read this story and I agree with each and every one of you here! but the problem is the “punks” are protected by the law. Wouldn’t it be funny if the next time they went to do this to an amimal there was an unforseen error on their part and the only fireball meteorites running down the alley was them? I’m just glad they put the poor animal down and fought the urge to try to save it. It suffered enough.

  12. Leonard says:

    I hope the next cat instead of running turns around and attacks and shares the flames as well as a bad case of cellulitis from the bite as it’s last dying act!

  13. Kate says:

    —And we have to call these things “human” that do such cruelty. The “human” part really gags me.

  14. Laurel says:

    Everyone needs to take a stand to animal abuse….stand up people — as humans we can protect ourselves and hopefully see the evil ones, animals don’t sense that. I hope that poor baby is at peace now. Shame, shame on any “human being” that thinks this is a great way to have some fun. I wish I could hurt them the same way.

  15. Cassy Scott says:

    Find the Culprit and set him/her on fire!!!

  16. Pat p says:

    so why is everyone leaving a comment and not picketing??

  17. NORMAJEAN123 says:

    OMG! I am so sick right now. Why do people think that by abusing something little and helpless it makes them feel big or strong or I do not know what. It just makes them look like monsters who should be locked up and never let out NEVER THEY WILL ONLY KILL OR ABUSE AGAIN. I am so sorry little Kitty may you have many toys to play with up there. RIP LITTLE ONE. I am so sorry for the owners lose.

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  19. Kittymom11 says:

    Poprlr (??) that do this should be set on fire themselves gas can anyone?? Shame on them. Poor little cat. Anyone that does something like this is a menace..they always starts by attacking animals then move on to people.

  20. Kittymom11 says:

    Sorry People was mispelled, but I hesitate to cal them human anyway

  21. Suzanne Bachorik Wendland says:

    Anyone that could do such a thing to an innocent animal will ultimately harm a human being. They have no sense of feeling or compassion and get their “kicks” by seeing an animal suffer. Sooner or later it will escalate to killing someone, there’s no doubt about it. It’s bad enough that they did this to someone’s pet!, they must be caught. The authorities need to make this crime a high priority and find the monster(s) that killed this poor cat. The people of Baltimore should also keep a watchful eye for any suspicious behavior in their neighborhood and notify the police. Your police cannot be everywhere at one time and I am sure would be appreciative for your added help in your community. If you witnessed this crime & turned your back to what happened, you are just as guilty as the ones that committed this disgusting act!

  22. erica says:

    I will make a comment that many people may find offensive but I am frankly fed up with the laws in this country and for the way people are raising their children. I would personally like to find the individuals who did this and take a match and stick it up their butt and I would like to watch them burn to death a horrible and painful death. It would give me pleasure. This is reprehensible and even worse that they will never be caught and likely repeat what they have done again and again. I am fed up and sickened by the human race and their depravity.

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